The Best Dressed in Memory of McQueen

11 February 2011

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It’s hard to believe today is the first anniversary of Alexander McQueen’s death. The late designer, who passed away on 11th February 2010, has been commemorated as ‘the genius of a generation’ thanks to his provocative catwalk presentations, which straddled both art and fashion. And so this morning, Grazia Daily pays tribute to his spectacular creations, which have continued to make an impact around the globe.

Sarah Burton, the Brit brand’s new Creative Director, and former right hand woman to McQueen himself, has ensured Lee's legacy lives on through his signature aesthetic, while the world’s most stylish stars, from Sarah Jessica Parker to Lady Gaga, have paid personal tributes by wearing his spectacular creations.

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The quintessential British trademarks of McQueen’s designs – tartan, tweed, the immaculate tailoring that he learned on London’s Savile Row, the reptile print, and even the Union Jack flag – are still permanent fixtures on, and off, the red carpet.

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In the past month alone, Michelle Obama wowed the world in McQueen while girl-of-the-moment Mila Kunis glided through the SAG Awards in a dramatic petal print floor-sweeper.

Back in February last year, the 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.

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Since then, Lee has been honoured with several posthumous awards and the beauty of his craftsmanship continues to be celebrated. Outstanding and outlandish, romantic and rebellious, the late great Alexander McQueen will be remembered as one of the most iconic designers of our time.

- Jessica Vince


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