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So what do Kate Middleton, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Rihanna all have in common these days? Oh yes, we know they are all famous but what else? It must be that they all love Alexander McQueen, the fashion genius whose haute couture continues to enchant the rich and famous all over the planet. The beloved “hooligan of English fashion” lives on in the collections he so brilliantly inspires every season.
Never one to shy away from shock or controversy, McQueen’s collections are legendary. From recreating a shipwreck in 2003, to a human chess game in 2005, and moving right along in 2006 to the “Widows of Culloden”, McQueen’s shows never failed to chill and thrill quite thoroughly while presenting some of the most fabulous designs every paraded on a catwalk. His legendary “bumsters” created a fashion trend in low rise jeans, and were said by many to define the true Alexander McQueen spirit of absolute rebellion. His use of skulls was celebrated with a certain scarf he designed becoming a celebrity “must-have” item that sold out in minutes.
Who but McQueen could vacation in the Maldives and return to name an entire 2009 collection after the Manta-Rays he admired there? From Lily Cole to Bjork, McQueen designs have adorned the most beautiful bodies on the planet, been featured in videos, and celebrated in song. Every bit as much as any one of his sartorial creations of splendor, Alexander McQueen was and is a genuine original. His use of custom tailoring and innovative pattern cutting earned accolades with words such as “notorious” and “glorious”. Indeed.
The “House of McQueen” today is no less famous or fabulous but also embraces the new trends of devotees such as the Duchess of Cambridge whose iconic wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. A designer adored by members of the British Royal Family McQueen is also worn by the trendy and fashion savvy worldwide. Dresses, gowns, shoes and accessories all bear the distinct and stunning look that turns heads and demands instant recognition. Alexander McQueen, as unique as ever.