Fashion World Mourns Alexander McQueen

The 'brash boy' was hailed as a genius for his designs

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 11, 2010 1:59 PM CST

(Newser) – The apparent suicide of 40-year-old British designer Alexander McQueen has stunned the fashion world.

  • "I found him about as complex and beguiling as any human,' writes fashion journalist Cathy Horyn in the New York Times. "He was enormously creative and intelligent—and funny and rude and fearless." More than anything, though, he was a "genuinely talented man."

  • “I think this whole world maybe was too much for him," Saks fashion director Nicole Fischelis tells the Wall Street Journal. "The business has evolved, the business is changing. It became much more about who wears it than who makes it. Alexander McQueen was a real artist."
  • "He was the most brilliant designer of his generation, and his influence can be seen in the way that women dressed over the last 15 years," British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman tells the Daily Mail.
Check the photo gallery for samples of his work.

Alexander McQueen in 2006.
Alexander McQueen in 2006.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
In this Oct. 5, 2007, file photo, a model presents a creation by Alexander McQueen.
In this Oct. 5, 2007, file photo, a model presents a creation by Alexander McQueen.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)
In this Jan. 13, 2008, file photo, a model wears a creation from Alexander McQueen.
In this Jan. 13, 2008, file photo, a model wears a creation from Alexander McQueen.   (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu, file)
In this Oct. 6, 2009, file photo, a model presents a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
In this Oct. 6, 2009, file photo, a model presents a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
In this Oct. 6, 2009, file photo, models present creations by Alexander McQueen.
In this Oct. 6, 2009, file photo, models present creations by Alexander McQueen.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
In this March 10, 2009, file photo, models wear creations by Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall/Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.
In this March 10, 2009, file photo, models wear creations by Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall/Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, file)
A model wears a creation of Alexander McQueen for his men's Fall-Winter 2010/2011 collection.
A model wears a creation of Alexander McQueen for his men's Fall-Winter 2010/2011 collection.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Models wear creations of Alexander McQueen for his men's Fall-Winter 2010/2011 collection.
Models wear creations of Alexander McQueen for his men's Fall-Winter 2010/2011 collection.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Models present creations by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for his Spring Summer 2010 collection.
Models present creations by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for his Spring Summer 2010 collection.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A model wears a creation of Alexander McQueen.
A model wears a creation of Alexander McQueen.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for his ready to wear Spring Summer 2010 fashion collection.
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for his ready to wear Spring Summer 2010 fashion collection.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection.
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection.
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection.
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen as part of his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen during his spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen during his spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen during his spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen during his spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen during his spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.
A model wears a creation by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen during his spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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