Personal and professional tributes to Lee McQueen, who died yesterday, are still coming in.
'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,' legendary British fashion designer, Paul Smith, to Drapers Magazine.
'We are deeply saddened at the news of Alexander McQueen’s untimely death. He was a unique talent and one of the world’s greatest designers. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time.' Harold Tillman, Chairman of the British Fashion Council
'Alexander McQueen was a tremendous ambassador for tailoring and, in particular, Savile Row. His name still resonates through Savile Row and will continue to do so. He created such an awareness for the industry and his rise to fame gave increased notoriety to it, many people wanted to follow in his footsteps.' Karl Matthews of Savile Row tailor Anderson & Sheppard, where McQueen completed his apprenticeship.
‘I am deeply saddened by Lee’s death. Everyone he met was profoundly affected by him. He had the softest, kindest heart and I am so sad that he died all alone. I hope, in death, he finds the peace he craved in life. Rest in peace, love. You will always be in our hearts and minds.’
‘It is difficult to respond to such a sudden and devastating loss and my heart goes out to his family at this time. Lee was an extraordinary man, I feel privileged to have witnessed his magic and will miss him deeply. His level of creativity was immense, a never-ending font of wonder and originality. He was, quite simply, a creative genius. Long live McQueen!’