On his 41st Birthday, designers remember Alexander McQueen

17 March 2010

Alexander McQueen

Today would have been Alexander McQueen’s 41st birthday. To celebrate his life, his fellow designers have been recalling their favourite McQueen moments….
 
Francisco Costa - Creative Director, Calvin Klein Women's Collection: "Lee always managed to make the unobtainable a reality. He set the bar high and his genius will continue to live with us." Zac Posen: "The first I met McQueen was when I was an intern at the Met. He was there to research and he smelled me. I was standing over vertical files, and he smelled my jacket. I must have been 17-years-old. He asked if the jacket was from London. It was. I probably skipped a Science class to be there."
 
Zac Posen: "The first I met McQueen was when I was an intern at the Met. He was there to research and he smelled me. I was standing over vertical files, and he smelled my jacket. I must have been 17-years-old. He asked if the jacket was from London. It was. I probably skipped a Science class to be there."
 
Peter Som: "Every McQueen show has so many amazing moments. I became entranced with his vision at his debut collection for Givenchy - it was a first glimpse into his world, which combined a dark dream-like romance with razor-sharp tailoring and craftsmanship. I was hooked. Alexander McQueen was a designer that I admired -and always will - for his ability to take us on a beautiful, and oftentimes shocking, journey."
 
Rachel Roy: “Alexander McQueen was a thoughtful yet bold visionary. I loved that he was one of the first designers to start featuring Indian models and he completed his look with extraordinary hair and makeup - something that inspires me greatly.”
 
Scott Sternberg, Band of Outsiders: "I remember watching a video, over and over, of that amazing show that was staged on a chess board - which was in 2004 I think, right when I was getting going with Band - and thinking that this guy's imagination is so expansive, so inspiring, and so beyond what I knew of fashion up until that point. Really blew my mind."
 
Chris Benz: "My favorite McQueen moment is definitely when Shalom Harlow twirled around the runway in that giant white dress, all the while being sprayed with those mechanical spray paint machines! Dazzling!"
 
Diane von Furstenberg: "My favorite McQueen moment is when I wore a white fur jacket of his...I felt like a devilish swan!"
 
Michael Kors: "Lee was a great talent and will certainly be missed. While I was Creative Director at Celine I was able to meet him a few times and he was not only so talented, but down to earth and lovely."
 
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