Imaginative British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead
in his London apartment days after his mother's death. Fashion and style experts are mourning an adventurous artist whose idiosyncratic designs--such as
the Armadillo Shoe
--made him one of the most influential designers of his generation. His
clients reportedly included Lady Gaga and Beyonce
- Admired by Peers Karen Hawthorne
of the National Post amasses a collection of grieving statements from
fashion figures. Designer Matthew Williamson said of McQueen, "He was a
genius and his talent was second to none."
- Broad Impact Anna Wintour,
legendary editor of Vogue, issued a statement praising his "uniquely
British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness" that has left a
mark on "street style, to music culture and the world's museums."
- Melancholic Mind Tim Blanks, writer for Style.com, remembers him poignantly as an "arch romantic with a pessimistic streak." But he says this is "a state of mind that can lead to endless disappointments."
Pushed the Industry Amina Akhtar
describes his influence on designers in New York Magazine. "McQueen was widely considered to be a genius in
the industry. His whimsical designs moved many editors to tears; often
the showmanship of his collections pushed them to feel something beyond
- Lonely Innovator? Alex Geana
of The Huffington Post also collects of fashion-industry
reactions. In his own statement, he writes, "Even though many designers
before him live streamed their shows, he was the first to make it work
and caused us to tune in. ... Much like the sudden and shrouded death
of Heath Ledger we are left grappling, trying to understand what
loneliness needs to overcome."
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