Legendary fashion designer, visionary and personal aspiration (as in, if I ever make enough bank, I will fill my closet with his clothes), Alexander McQueen passed away today. He allegedly committed suicide, following the death of his mother a few weeks ago. True, his passing is a huge loss for the fashion world, but I would also argue that it’s a massive blow to the design world in general.
From his famous Kate Moss hologram to the human chess game he staged back in 2005, McQueen was a true Renaissance man when it came to the creative arts. A couturier with a taste for classic elegance and a penchant for pushing the technical and taste-level envelope, he was always striving to turn his clothes into more than mere decorations for the legions of famous models who walked in them. With McQueen, fashion was as much about performance art as it was about personal style.
I remember the first time I saw a McQueen design in one of my grandmother’s Vogues. Honestly, I don’t even remember the garment. What I remember is the mystique that surrounded it. The glossy pages oozing glamour and confident creativity. A sort of defiant ‘art for art’s sake’ attitude that kept the name McQueen rolling around in my head long after I left my grandma’s. That was vintage McQueen – a man whose showmanship was just as important as his style, whose aura as ‘l’enfant terrible’ left as much of a mark on the fashion world as those crazy hoof-heels he showed in Spring 2010.
Over at Ranker, someone’s cooked up a very fitting video tribute of the McQueen’s greatest runway moments. Check out a taste of the tribute below, or click here to see the full list. It’s enough to make even the most hardened fashionistas choke up a little at the thought of what we lost today.