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”I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” says Alexander McQueen, the designer who changed some of the most powerful concepts in fashion.
Born into a working-class family on March 17 1969, in London, Lee Alexander McQueen spent his early days of life surrounded by his five siblings, struggling with the mocking of his schoolmates on his homosexuality.
At age 16, McQueen dropped out of school. Soon he realised his passion for clothes, changing several jobs. In 1992, he received his M.A. in fashion design from Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design with a collection inspired by Jack the Ripper.
His success came once with his famous ”blumster” pants. The young designer was named Chief Designer of Louis Vuitton-owned Givenchy and worked there for five years (1996-2001). In this time, he won British Designer of the year in 1996, 1997, and 2001.
Helped by Gucci, which owned 51 percent of McQueen's private company, Alexander was declared International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and A Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire by the Queen of England, and won yet another British Designer of the Year honor.
McQueen committed suicide in 2010, shortly after the death of his mother. Longtime co-designer Sarah Burton took over the still-operating Alexander McQueen brand in May 2010. In September 2010, Burton presented her first womenswear collection in Paris.