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Fashion world mourns tragic death of Alexander McQueen

Fashion world mourns tragic death of Alexander McQueen

I’m still in shock about the tragic news that legendary British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has died. He was found hanged this morning.

A statement on Alexander McQueen’s website says: “On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family.”

Tributes to one of Britain’s most influential designers have been flooding in from across the fashion world.

Sir Paul Smith told fashion industry trade magazine Drapers: “Obviously, like everyone, I am extremely shocked at this sad news. I have known Lee since his time at Central Saint Martins and gave him advice in the early part of his career. He was a very talented and creative designer, especially in respect of his tailored clothing. This is a very sad time and my thoughts are with his family.”

Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey said: ”I am truly shocked and saddened by this tragic news and my thoughts are with Lee’s family. Lee was one of Britain’s greatest designers and was an inspiration to so very many people. His unique vision, charm and warm character will be greatly missed by everybody who knew Lee and by everyone touched by his extraordinary talent.”

Matthew Williamson said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by McQueen’s death. He was a genius and his talent was second to none. Like many others I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed.”

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman told The Evening Standard: “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. It is an incredible loss not only for British fashion but for fashion the world over.”

Alexander McQueen started his fashion career as a Saville Row tailor and went on to become one of the youngest designers to achieve the title ‘British Designer of the Year’, he went on to win it four times. McQueen died at the age of 40.

Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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