As posthumous acknowledgements go, they don’t come much bigger than this. It has been announced that a memorial service for the late Lee Alexander McQueen is to be take place on September 20th, mid-way through London Fashion Week, and will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The service will be the first formal memorial service to McQueen, who died on 11th February this year. It was the same day his McQ label was due to show at New York Fashion Week and just over a week before the start of LFW, where a tribute wall was erected in the main tent to enable visitors to post their memories of the designer.
February’s Fashion for Relief Haiti catwalk show became the first unofficial commemoration of the designer's life, when his friend Naomi Campbell, along with Helena Christensen, Karen Elson, Angela Lindvall, Heidi Mount, Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly and Daphne Guinness, modelled pieces from McQueen’s ‘Plato’s Atlantis’ S/S '10 collection, before the event transferred to London where Kate Moss also took to the catwalk before the pieces were auctioned for charity, raising more than £1 million.
The timing of McQueen’s memorial mirrors the service to commemorate the life of his close friend and collaborator, Isabella Blow, which took place during LFW in September 2007. The timing, along with McQueen’s huge popularity amongst both his peers and the fashion community at large is certain to result in St. Paul’s being packed to its full 2,500-person capacity.
The Telegraph reports that the service is likely to be led by the Canon Chancellor of the Cathedral, Giles Fraser, and though no further information is yet available as to the nature of the service or speakers, we’ll bring you all the details as they unfold....
- Alex Butt