Friday, February 12, 2010
Living Art Form
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (CP)
LONDON — His runway shows were often like performance pieces: One featured models with headwear made of trash. Another showed off 10-inch heels shaped like lobster claws.
At the pinnacle of his success, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his home Thursday, days after posting anguished online remarks about the death of his mother. He was 40.
The circumstances pointed to a possible suicide, but there was no confirmation from police or McQueen's publicists. Authorities said the death was not suspicious, apparently ruling out foul play. They did not indicate how McQueen was discovered.
The Sun tabloid cited an anonymous source on its Web site who said workers found McQueen hanging in his apartment. The newspaper gave no further details. His family issued a statement asking for privacy.
McQueen is credited with helping revive the once-moribund British fashion industry. His edgy pieces were coveted and treasured by stylish women across the globe and seen on numerous red carpets.
Anna Wintour called McQueen "one of the greatest talents of his generation."
"He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and esthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career
career, Alexander McQueen's influence was astonishing - from street style, to music culture and the world's museums," she said in a statement. "His passing marks an insurmountable loss."
McQueen did not design for the celebrities, but they flocked to him for the sheer audacity of his creations, which were inst
antly recognizable for being dramatic, exquisitely tailored and oh-so sexy.
A stunning dress for Sandra Bullock? A special order for Madonna? Something special for Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell? All these feats seemed easy for the quiet, slim, bearded Englishman who shunned publicity and laughed off the limelight.
Lady Gaga recently made waves when she wore McQueen's spring 2010 lobster-claw shoes in her "Bad Romance" music
Sandra Bullock? A special order for Madonna? Something special for Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell? All these feats seemed easy for the quiet, slim, bearded Englishman who shunned publicity and laughed off the limelight.
Lady Gaga recently made waves when she wore McQueen's spring 2010 lobster-claw shoes in her "Bad Romance" music video.
McQueen's mother died Feb.
. 2. Some fashion experts speculated that his mood may have also been clouded by pressure to outdo himself again next month at his catwalk show in Paris.
News of his death broke at the start of New York Fashion Week and sent shock waves through the Bryant Park tents. A presentation of McQueen's secondary label, McQ, had been scheduled for later Thursday, but it was quickly cancelled.
After word of his death spread, one mourner left pink flowers at the doors of the designer's London headquarters. Mourners also gathered outside his New York store.
"He was a great, great talent wh
ho had lost someone important in his life," said Xavier Keane, who placed the flowers. "I know how he feels because I lost my mother last year."
McQueen sounded anguished and frustrated in recent postings on his Twitter page. The remarks also sounded slightly confused.
"i'm letting my followers know the my mother passed away yesterday if it she had not me nor would you RIP mumx," he wrote.
Shortly afterward, he added: "But life must go on.
*******repost of the Canadian Press********
What sad news; I have been very inspired and awed by McQueen's dramatic creations over the years. Fashion is a living art form, and we have lost an artistic genius who craftsmanship and creativity was recognized by even the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The dress above, the Birth of Venus, was featured in an exhibition in the Costume Institute.