Tomorrow night at the British Fashion Awards, the biggest night in fashion, the late Lee Alexander McQueen will be honoured with a posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design. In the words of the British Fashion Council, ‘This special award celebrates the achievement of a designer whose work has had an exceptional impact on global fashion’.
During his lifetime the designer was recognized by the BFC, as winner of British Designer of the Year, four times. He was always a unique and brilliant ambassador for British Fashion both because of his phenomenal success in storming the Paris catwalks (not only with his own label but during his tenure at Givenchy), and also because of his aesthetic, which was often shot through with quintessential British trademarks – tartan; tweed; the immaculate tailoring which he learned on London’s Savile Row; as well as the punk and anarchist twists, and even the Union Jack flag he used as a motif on gowns and accessories.
As part of the presentation, a film - specially commissioned by Nick Knight of SHOWstudio and with a soundtrack by Bjork (both important friends and collaborators during McQueen’s lifetime) - will be screened.
Said Nick Knight; 'This film is my way of speaking about a very unique and important person who changed my life. My desire was to speak in some way about the dark and the light contained within Lee, and within us all.'
Jonathan Akeroyd, Chief Executive of Alexander McQueen, commented, “We are honoured to accept the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award and that the British Fashion Council have recognised Lee's work and contribution to the British Fashion Industry."
A fitting end to the year in which McQueen's death shocked the world, and a suitably powerful tribute.
- Naomi Attwood