Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen was born in London in 1969, and left school at age 16 to pursue his dreams in the fashion world. He worked as an apprentice for several different London design houses-Anderson and Shepherd, Gieves and Hawks, and Angels and Bermans-where he was able to learn broad techniques and cement his own personal style.

At age 20 he began working with Koji Tatsuno, and within a year had moved to Milan to work with Romeo Gigili. He finally returned to London and attended St Martins School of Art where he completed his MA and garnered enormous press coverage and attention for his final collection.

 

 

In 1996 McQueen assumed the position of Chief Designer at the French Haute Couture house Givenchy where he met with enormous success until he left in March of 2001. While at Givenchy he was one of the youngest designers to achieve the title of ‘British Designer of the Year’ which he was awarded three times, in 1996, 1997 and 2001. Known for his theatrical shows and dramatic walkway presentations, as much as for his sharp tailoring, McQueen is a vibrant personality within the world of fashion. In 2000 he partnered with Gucci and signed on as the Creative Director for the line.