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Born on March 17, 1969, in London, England, Alexander McQueen came last in a line of six children. He lived with his siblings and parents, a taxi driver and a social service teacher, in Stratford where McQueen used his formative years making dresses for his three younger sisters. His love for designing clothes had begun, and it wasn’t long after, at a young age, that he made known his desire to become a fashion designer. At 16, McQueen left school for an apprenticeship with Anderson & Sheppard, tailors on the infamous Savile Row in central London. Savile Row, known for both modern and traditional “bespoke” tailoring that fits clothes to each individual’s specifications, was also the location of McQueen’s second apprenticeship position, at Gieves and Hawkes. There, McQueen further honed his clothes-altering skill set before going on to work for costume supplier Angels & Bermans, where he learned the type of razor sharp tailoring that would later become his signature. This combined tailoring experience in his youth gained McQueen a reputation for being able to cut a garment to fit with artful precision. Even in these early years, his talent was well-known enough to gain him high-end clientele that included Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Charles. When he was 20 years old, McQueen became employed by Japanese fashion designer Koji Tatsuno, whom he worked with for a year before venturing to Milan, Italy to become assistant to designer Romeo Gigli. McQueen then returned to London and entered the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, obtaining a master’s degree in fashion design. McQueen’s entire MA collection was bought by acclaimed stylist Isabella Blow. It was Blow who had the idea of using only McQueen’s first name, Alexander, to help his star rise in the fashion world. After graduation, McQueen moved to Hoxton Square and created his second collection. During his twenties, McQueen met and befriended Katy England, an innovative and groundbreaking stylist of the time. Around this time McQueen also designed David Bowie’s wardrobes for his 1996-1997 tours, including the famous Union Jack coat Bowie sported on his Earthling album cover. Icelandic singer Björk, an eclectic artist who found kinship in McQueen’s work, asked McQueen to design the cover of her 1997 album, Homogenic; she also asked him to direct the music video for one of the songs, “Alarm Call.” McQueen’s designs for the idiosyncratic singer would later include the topless and partially body-piercing dress that she wore in her 2001 “Pagan Poetry” music video. Among the artists that McQueen worked with was French ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem, whom he collaborated with when designing the wardrobe for “Eonnagata,” a theatrical production directed by Robert Lepage. The 2008 documentary “Sylvie Guillem: On the Edge” chronicles the creation of this show from start to finish, including a cameo by McQueen, where he plays himself as fashion designer. Dubbed the “hooligan of English fashion” for his evocative early runway collections, McQueen created designs for this period that included his famous low-rise “bumster” trousers—aptly named because they revealed the topmost part of a woman’s bottom. His influence on the design trends included this rising interest in wearing bumsters and other low-rise pants, as well as starting the popularity of using skulls as a fashion statement. This latter trend included a spark of McQueen scarves, with their signature skull prints. Known for their mixture of fantasy and rebellion, McQueen’s unconventional runway shows included McQueen’s controversial and much-talked-about “Highland Rape” collection, which featured dark and violent images imagined from Scottish history. McQueen then continued with the recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection, a human chess game on a life-sized chess board for the spring collection of 2005, and a hologram of supermodel Kate Moss adorned with tiers of ruffled fabric in the autumn of 2006 show. It was this combination of raw energy and melancholy, mixed with the latest technology of the time, which made McQueen’s fashion shows both surprising and memorable.

79 items total

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Croc Embossed Skull Pocket Organizer Black

Condition: Very Good

$250

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Card Holder Scarlet Red

Condition: Giftable

$250

Alexander McQueen

Nappa Quilted Knuckle Flat Clutch Orchid Pink

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Myth Crossbody Bag Fuchsia

Condition: Very Good

$395

Alexander McQueen

Shiny Crocodile Embossed Jeweled Satchel Peony Pink

Condition: Excellent

$1,230

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Quilted Skull Small Chain Crossbody Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$895

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Mini Crossbody Bag Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$775

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Box Shoulder Bag 16 Cream

Condition: Excellent

$820

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Small Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Red

Condition: Excellent

$495

Alexander McQueen

Silk Brocade Twin Skull Box Clutch Fuchsia Red

Condition: Very Good

$350

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Leopard Skull Scarf Brown

Condition: Excellent

$295

Alexander McQueen

Metallic Calfskin Crystal Mini Curve Bucket Bag Rose Gold

Condition: Excellent

$495

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Mini Heroine 21 Black

Condition: Very Good

$525

Alexander McQueen

Saffiano Mini Shopper Tote Pink

Condition: Very Good

$395

Alexander McQueen

Silky Amish Grained Goatskin Box Shoulder Bag 16 Burgundy

Condition: Excellent

$850

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Silk Scarf Box Shoulder Bag 16 Baby Pink Ivory

Condition: Very Good

$695

Alexander McQueen

Raffia Calfskin Small The Bow Bag Natural Tan

Condition: Excellent

$895

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Lilac

Condition: Excellent

$795

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Skull Stud Envelope Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$425

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Large Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Yellow

Condition: Very Good

$475

Alexander McQueen

Crocodile Embossed Chain Phone Case Black

Condition: Excellent

$325

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Mini Heroine 21 Black White

Condition: Very Good

$425

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Embossed Suede Large Heroine Tan

Condition: Very Good

$550

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Anglaise Embroidered Pin Bag Lust Red Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Alexander McQueen

Iridescent PVC Calfskin Mini Knuckle Crossbody

Condition: Excellent

$1,350

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Lips Skull Scarf Black Ivory

Condition: Very Good

$225

Alexander McQueen

Satin Scarf Gold Black

Condition: Excellent

$225

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Large The Bow Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$950

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Mini Bundle Silver Black

Condition: Very Good

$395

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Mini Bundle White

Condition: Excellent

$495

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Braided The Story Shoulder Bag Brown Black

Condition: Excellent

$795

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Skull Camera Crossbody Bag Lilac

Condition: Excellent

$425

Alexander McQueen

Metallic Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$825

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Skull Camera Crossbody Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$575

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Seal Logo Leather Coin Pouch Black

Condition: Very Good

$225

Alexander McQueen

Canvas The Tall Story Shoulder Bag Natural Tan

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Curve Pouch Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Alexander McQueen

Shiny Crocodile Embossed Jeweled Satchel Lavender

Condition: Excellent

$1,295

Alexander McQueen

Lambskin Quilted Knuckle Shoulder Bag Pink

Condition: Very Good

$920

Alexander McQueen

Wool Logo Scarf Black Coral

Condition: Excellent

$225

Alexander McQueen

Silk Fur Print Zip Pouch Black Grey

Condition: Excellent

$250$235

Alexander McQueen

Patent Skull Bi-Fold Card Holder Black

Condition: Excellent

$275$260

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Studded Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$565$535

Alexander McQueen

Shiny Crocodile Embossed Jeweled Satchel Lavender

Condition: Excellent

$1,495$1,420

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Small Chain Strap Backpack Black

Condition: Very Good

$550$520

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Shoulder Bag Cerulean

Condition: Excellent

$1,250$1,185

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Pale Grey

Condition: Excellent

$895$850

Alexander McQueen

Grainy Calfskin Padlock Skull Clutch Blue

Condition: Excellent

$525$500

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Card Holder Cerulean

Condition: Excellent

$225$200

Alexander McQueen

Canvas The Tall Story Shoulder Bag Natural Tan

Condition: Excellent

$1,150$1,035

Alexander McQueen

Raffia Calfskin The Short Story Tote Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$695$625

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Skull Camera Crossbody Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$695$625

Alexander McQueen

Sequin Skull Box Clutch White Pink

Condition: Excellent

$795$715

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Large Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$510$460

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Graffiti Logo Card Holder Black

Condition: Excellent

$295$265

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Large Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Navy

Condition: Very Good

$495$445

Alexander McQueen

Metallic Calfskin The Curve Mini Shoulder Bag Silver

Condition: Excellent

$695$625

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Mini Bundle Black White

Condition: New

$675$605

Alexander McQueen

Suede Calfskin Heroine Yellow

Condition: Very Good

$550$440

Alexander McQueen

Saffiano Shopper Tote Burgundy

Condition: Very Good

$540$430

Alexander McQueen

Silky Amish Grain Calfskin Box Shoulder Bag 19 Off White

Condition: Very Good

$625$500

Alexander McQueen

Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Four Ring Knuckle Crossbody Bag Soft Ivory

Condition: Excellent

$1,025$820

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Red

Condition: Very Good

$195$155

Alexander McQueen

Crocodile Embossed Calfskin The Short Story Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,250$1,000

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Curve Micro Crossbody Pouch Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$450$360

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Mini Heroine 21 Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$615$490

Alexander McQueen

Nappa Skull Knuckle Box Clutch Geranio

Condition: Good

$625$500

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Skull Camera Crossbody Bag Pink

Condition: Giftable

$650$520

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Short Story Shoulder Bag Taupe

Condition: Excellent

$1,495$1,195

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Black White

Condition: Excellent

$695$555

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Tall Story Shoulder Bag

Condition: Very Good

$955$670

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Skull Camera Crossbody Bag Blue

Condition: Excellent

$625$435

Alexander McQueen

Velvet Box Shoulder Bag Red

Condition: Very Good

$795$555

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Whipstitch Folk Tote White

Condition: Very Good

$455$320

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Bucket Bag White

Condition: Excellent

$995$695

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Light Blue

Condition: Very Good

$195$90

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