This Weekend’s Tributes to Lee McQueen

15 February 2010

The weekend’s papers were full of coverage of Lee Alexander McQueen’s unexpected and tragic death last week, and this morning more ideas have been mooted about how he will be remembered.

Lady Gaga, one of his most recent muses may well take her performance at the imminent BRIT Awards as an opportunity to pay tribute to the late designer. After posting a pic of the two together on Twitter, she said

'It's horrible news. He was a big influence on a lot of my outfits but far more than that he was a really lovely guy with a good heart. I am still in shock and I just can't believe how sad it all is.’   She wore many of his designs – both new and archive last year, most memorably most of his SS10 ‘Atlantis’ collection, in the video for her single Bad Romance not even flinching at the astronomical 12” shoes.  

Kylie also expressed her grief. Papped on the way to the studio in her skull scarf she also posted this on twitter - 'I will wear my Alexander McQueen scarf today...RIP Lee’  

Meanwhile McQueen’s old college - Central Saint Martins are considering a permanent memorial to one of their most successful ever alumni. Head of College Jane Rapley told the Telegraph “He had this incredible talent, incredible skill, and this drive. He just wanted to go somewhere.” The legendary college will be moving from its site (round the corner from Grazia HQ) on Charing Cross Road this year to new premises in Kings Cross and Rapley anticipates something dedicated to McQueen may be factored in. “We don’t know what yet, perhaps a studio named after him”, on the subject of his time at the college she added, “He did it for himself. We just helped him along the way”  

Over in New York, footage from Friday has been published on the web, of an emotional Daphne Guinness dressed head to toe in black Victorian-style mourning garb including top hat and many layers of black veils because “I just couldn’t stop crying so I thought I’d better wear veils to hide my face”.  

On the subject of her friend she said “Everything came out of his soul. His artistic medium was fashion, but he was an artist. He didn’t have assistants going out there and getting references for him. . . he did it himself. He was connected to something much bigger than fashion. He was an artist . . .”  

NY designer Betsey Johnson worked a tribute to Alexander McQueen  into her NYFW show  yesterday — a bride with wax lips trailed by a "Long Live McQueen" sign. Johnson said "I was scared with the lips," she said. "I love those lips, and when McQueen did those lips I thought, Oh my God, he loves those candy wax big red lips! But his were real."


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