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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.

74 items total

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Britannia Skull Box Clutch Bone Blush Black

Condition: Very Good

$550

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Studded Skull Wallet on Chain Black

Condition: Very Good

$495

Alexander McQueen

Smooth Calfskin Studded Padlock Skull Clutch Black

Condition: Very Good

$495

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Soft Curve Drawstring Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Beige Pink

Condition: Very Good

$225

Alexander McQueen

Silk Skull Scarf Pink Black

Condition: Giftable

$225

Alexander McQueen

Patent Skull Knuckle Duster Box Clutch Red

Condition: Very Good

$795

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Two Tone Drop Chain Shoulder Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$500

Alexander McQueen

Nylon Dancing Skeleton Duffle Black White

Condition: Excellent

$625

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Small Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$595

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Box Shoulder Bag 16 Grey

Condition: Very Good

$650

Alexander McQueen

Patent Crystal Skull Box Clutch Green

Condition: Very Good

$325

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Pink

Condition: Very Good

$175

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Beige Ivory

Condition: Excellent

$165

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Skull Continental Wallet Grey

Condition: Excellent

$295

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Purple White

Condition: Excellent

$195

Alexander McQueen

Metallic Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$825

Alexander McQueen

Grained Calfskin Heroine Shoulder Bag Red

Condition: Very Good

$615

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Quilted Graffuti Skull Medium Chain Crossbody Bag White

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Black Blue

Condition: Excellent

$195

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Grommet Skull Envelope Clutch Black

Condition: Very Good

$375

Alexander McQueen

Grained Calfskin Studded Box Shoulder Bag 16 Black

Condition: Very Good

$785

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Studded Skull Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$475

Alexander McQueen

Suede Skull Four Ring Clutch Lime

Condition: Very Good

$795

Alexander McQueen

Grained Goatskin Quilted Shoulder Bag Pewter

Condition: Good

$450

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Quilted The Myth Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$695$660

Alexander McQueen

Grainy Calfskin Padlock Skull Clutch Yellow

Condition: Very Good

$395$375

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Ivory Black

Condition: Very Good

$195$185

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Studded Skull Small Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$650$615

Alexander McQueen

Nappa Skull Chain Box Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$525$500

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Skull Card Holder Scarlet Red

Condition: Excellent

$290$275

Alexander McQueen

Nappa Skull Four Ring Clutch Beige

Condition: Very Good

$820$740

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Graffiti Skull Card Holder Black

Condition: Very Good

$225$200

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf White Red

Condition: Excellent

$250$225

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Small Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Dark Grey

Condition: Excellent

$820$740

Alexander McQueen

Silk Skull Scarf Black White

Condition: Very Good

$225$200

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Embossed Signature Shopper Black Red

Condition: Excellent

$695$625

Alexander McQueen

Fine Grain Goatskin Box Shoulder Bag 19 Navy

Condition: Excellent

$850$765

Alexander McQueen

Lambskin Quilted Knuckle Shoulder Bag Pink

Condition: Very Good

$1,250$1,125

Alexander McQueen

Silk Unicorn Print Skull Zip Pouch Black White

Condition: Very Good

$295$265

Alexander McQueen

Saffiano Heroine Open Tote Grey Melange

Condition: Very Good

$1,045$940

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Clutch

Condition: Very Good

$425$380

Alexander McQueen

Nappa Skull Four Ring Clutch Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$950$855

Alexander McQueen

Wool Reversible Upside Down Skull Scarf Red Bordeaux

Condition: Excellent

$225$200

Alexander McQueen

Wool Reversible Upside Down Skull Scarf Navy White

Condition: Excellent

$225$200

Alexander McQueen

Silk Treasure Skeleton Scarf Black

Condition: Giftable

$450$405

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin The Small Story Bag Deep Ivory

Condition: Excellent

$750$675

Alexander McQueen

Silk Shell Skull Scarf White

Condition: New

$250$200

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Small Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Red

Condition: Very Good

$425$340

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Graffiti Skull Card Holder

Condition: Giftable

$325$260

Alexander McQueen

Pebbled Calfskin Skull Padlock Tote Black Navy Red Green

Condition: Very Good

$470$375

Alexander McQueen

Metallic Small Twin Skull Chain Crossbody Antique Silver

Condition: Very Good

$450$360

Alexander McQueen

Silk Chiffon Skull Floral Scarf Black Red

Condition: Very Good

$250$200

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Mini Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Red

Condition: Excellent

$650$520

Alexander McQueen

Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Nude

Condition: Excellent

$995$795

Alexander McQueen

Wool Large Reversible Skull Scarf Blue Green

Condition: Excellent

$225$180

Alexander McQueen

Satin Scarf Fuchsia Red

Condition: Very Good

$250$200

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