16 things you need to know about Alexander McQueen

He was one of the most influential and talented fashion designers, but he left early from the stage of glory. But the beauty of his art is still here and now we can all see it, in an amazing exhibition that launched a few weeks ago in London, at the “Victoria and Albert Museum”, and the tickets sell fast. The exhibition is a celebration of McQueen’s spirit and the most innovative moments of his career. The name of the exhibition is “Savage Beauty” and in my opinion is the most suited name for a man like him and his legacy. In honor to Alexander’s memory here are some trivia things about him:

1. He had earned the award of the "British Fashion Designer of the year" for 1996, 1997, 2001,2003.

2. He was the youngest of six children in his family.

3. His father was Scottish and a taxi driver. 

4. He started making dresses for his sisters, when he was in primary school. 

5. His first name was Lee but he was persuaded by the famous fashion stylist Isabella Blow to use his middle name "Alexander". 

6. He was David Bowie's designer for his tour in 1996-1997.

7. He was known for bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk. 

8. He was the head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano. He stayed there until 2001. 

9. In spring 2011, Michelle Olley was asked by the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York to contribute to their Alexander McQueen exhibition "Savage Beauty", which turned out to be the most successful exhibition that ever took place in the museum. 

10. He was the first designer to participate in MAC's promotion of cosmetic releases created by fashion designers. 


11. He was an avid scuda diver. 

12. Many people called him "l'enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion". 

13. At age 16, he dropped out of school and he found work on Savile Row. 

14. One of the defining features of his collections was their historicism. 

15. "You've got to know the rules to break them. That's what I'm here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition" - Alexander McQueen

16. "I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to look things" - Alexander McQueen

*We booked our tickets and soon we are going to the "Savage Beauty" exhibition. We can't wait to share our impressions with you all!! 

By Lina Grivogianni