Alexander McQueen

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.
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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Pebbled Calfskin Small Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Pebbled Calfskin Small Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Black

Alexander McQueen Pebbled Calfskin Small Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$550

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Sculptural Knuckle Crossbody RedALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Sculptural Knuckle Crossbody Red

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Sculptural Knuckle Crossbody Red

Condition: Excellent

$795

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Black YellowALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Black Yellow

Alexander McQueen Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Black Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$250

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote RedALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote Red

Alexander McQueen Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote Red

Condition: Excellent

$525

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Suede Stone Eagle Embroidered Knuckle Box Clutch BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Suede Stone Eagle Embroidered Knuckle Box Clutch Black

Alexander McQueen Suede Stone Eagle Embroidered Knuckle Box Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag NavyALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Navy

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Navy

Condition: Excellent

$550

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Story Shoulder Bag Black PinkALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Story Shoulder Bag Black Pink

Alexander McQueen Calfskin The Story Shoulder Bag Black Pink

Condition: Excellent

$595

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull Four Ring Knuckle Crossbody Bag Light BlueALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull Four Ring Knuckle Crossbody Bag Light Blue

Alexander McQueen Skull Four Ring Knuckle Crossbody Bag Light Blue

Condition: Excellent

$795

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silky Amish Grained Box Shoulder Bag 16 Lacquered RedALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silky Amish Grained Box Shoulder Bag 16 Lacquered Red

Alexander McQueen Silky Amish Grained Box Shoulder Bag 16 Lacquered Red

Condition: Very Good

$515

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Slash Bag Black WhiteALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Slash Bag Black White

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Small Slash Bag Black White

Condition: Very Good

$1,325

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Twin Skull Chain Crossbody BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Twin Skull Chain Crossbody Black

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Small Twin Skull Chain Crossbody Black

Condition: Very Good

$650

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini The Jeweled Hobo DustALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini The Jeweled Hobo Dust

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Mini The Jeweled Hobo Dust

Condition: Excellent

$1,660

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag LilacALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Lilac

Alexander McQueen Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Lilac

Condition: Excellent

$495

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Short Story Shoulder Bag WhiteALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Short Story Shoulder Bag White

Alexander McQueen Calfskin The Short Story Shoulder Bag White

Condition: Very Good

$495

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweet Calfskin Small Heroine 30 NudeALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweet Calfskin Small Heroine 30 Nude

Alexander McQueen Sweet Calfskin Small Heroine 30 Nude

Condition: Excellent

$675

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Pebbled Calfskin Mini Padlock Tote SilverALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Pebbled Calfskin Mini Padlock Tote Silver

Alexander McQueen Metallic Pebbled Calfskin Mini Padlock Tote Silver

Condition: Very Good

$410

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Light PurpleALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Light Purple

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Light Purple

Condition: Excellent

$595

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Quilted Small The Seal Chain Shoulder Bag BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Quilted Small The Seal Chain Shoulder Bag Black

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Quilted Small The Seal Chain Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,035

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Zip Wallet Card Holder BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Zip Wallet Card Holder Black

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Zip Wallet Card Holder Black

Condition: Excellent

$365

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Snakeskin Knuckle Box Clutch BeigeALEXANDER MCQUEEN Snakeskin Knuckle Box Clutch Beige

Alexander McQueen Snakeskin Knuckle Box Clutch Beige

Condition: Very Good

$725

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Shoulder Bag GreenALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Shoulder Bag Green

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Shoulder Bag Green

Condition: Excellent

$1,140$1,085

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Tall Story Shoulder Bag BlueALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Tall Story Shoulder Bag Blue

Alexander McQueen Calfskin The Tall Story Shoulder Bag Blue

Condition: Very Good

$725$690

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Calfskin Crystal Micro Curve Bucket Bag RedALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Calfskin Crystal Micro Curve Bucket Bag Red

Alexander McQueen Metallic Calfskin Crystal Micro Curve Bucket Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$570$540

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Calfskin The Curve Mini Shoulder Bag SilverALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Calfskin The Curve Mini Shoulder Bag Silver

Alexander McQueen Metallic Calfskin The Curve Mini Shoulder Bag Silver

Condition: Excellent

$480$455

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Calfskin The Curve Mini Shoulder Bag RedALEXANDER MCQUEEN Metallic Calfskin The Curve Mini Shoulder Bag Red

Alexander McQueen Metallic Calfskin The Curve Mini Shoulder Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$655$620

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote Black

Alexander McQueen Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$545$520

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Mini Crossbody Bag LichenALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Mini Crossbody Bag Lichen

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Skull Mini Crossbody Bag Lichen

Condition: Excellent

$670$635

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Slash Bag Welsh RedALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Slash Bag Welsh Red

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Small Slash Bag Welsh Red

Condition: Excellent

$1,495$1,345

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Knuckle Shoulder Bag BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Knuckle Shoulder Bag Black

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Knuckle Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,495$1,345

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Pebbled Calfskin Padlock Pocket Tote BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Pebbled Calfskin Padlock Pocket Tote Black

Alexander McQueen Pebbled Calfskin Padlock Pocket Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$615$555

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Butterfly Decay Scarf Black MulticolorALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Butterfly Decay Scarf Black Multicolor

Alexander McQueen Silk Butterfly Decay Scarf Black Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$265$240

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Nappa Studded Britannia Skull Box Clutch BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Nappa Studded Britannia Skull Box Clutch Black

Alexander McQueen Nappa Studded Britannia Skull Box Clutch Black

Condition: Very Good

$670$605

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Electric Blue BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Electric Blue Black

Alexander McQueen Calfskin The Curve Small Shoulder Bag Electric Blue Black

Condition: Very Good

$590$530

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Shell Embroidered Skull Box Clutch BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Shell Embroidered Skull Box Clutch Black

Alexander McQueen Silk Shell Embroidered Skull Box Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,015$915

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Bucket Bag PinkALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Small Bucket Bag Pink

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Small Bucket Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$635$570

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Brocade De Manta Clutch Fuchsia RedALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Brocade De Manta Clutch Fuchsia Red

Alexander McQueen Silk Brocade De Manta Clutch Fuchsia Red

Condition: Excellent

$455

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote BurgundyALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote Burgundy

Alexander McQueen Grained Calfskin Skull Open Shopper Tote Burgundy

Condition: Very Good

$635$570

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Shiny Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Jeweled Crossbody BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Shiny Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Jeweled Crossbody Black

Alexander McQueen Shiny Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Jeweled Crossbody Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,030$1,825

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Curve Bucket Bag Black WhiteALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Curve Bucket Bag Black White

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Curve Bucket Bag Black White

Condition: Excellent

$635$570

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Resin Knuckle Clutch Neon YellowALEXANDER MCQUEEN Resin Knuckle Clutch Neon Yellow

Alexander McQueen Resin Knuckle Clutch Neon Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$1,015$810

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Ivory BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Ivory Black

Alexander McQueen Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Ivory Black

Condition: New

$240$190

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Polka Iris Biker Square Scarf Midnight BlueALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Polka Iris Biker Square Scarf Midnight Blue

Alexander McQueen Silk Polka Iris Biker Square Scarf Midnight Blue

Condition: Very Good

$210$170

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Black IvoryALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Black Ivory

Alexander McQueen Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf Black Ivory

Condition: New

$270$215

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Wool Skull Scarf Ivory BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Wool Skull Scarf Ivory Black

Alexander McQueen Wool Skull Scarf Ivory Black

Condition: Excellent

$270$215

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Pebbled Calfskin Mini Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote BoudoirALEXANDER MCQUEEN Pebbled Calfskin Mini Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Boudoir

Alexander McQueen Pebbled Calfskin Mini Skull Padlock Zip Around Tote Boudoir

Condition: Very Good

$480$385

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Jeweled Knuckle Satchel Royal BlueALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Jeweled Knuckle Satchel Royal Blue

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Mini Jeweled Knuckle Satchel Royal Blue

Condition: Excellent

$1,315$1,050

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Smooth Calfskin Jeweled Hobo Bag Fluo PinkALEXANDER MCQUEEN Smooth Calfskin Jeweled Hobo Bag Fluo Pink

Alexander McQueen Smooth Calfskin Jeweled Hobo Bag Fluo Pink

Condition: Excellent

$1,385$1,110

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Glitter Canvas De Manta Clutch Black GoldALEXANDER MCQUEEN Glitter Canvas De Manta Clutch Black Gold

Alexander McQueen Glitter Canvas De Manta Clutch Black Gold

Condition: Excellent

$745$595

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Peak Mini Chain Bag New PinkALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin The Peak Mini Chain Bag New Pink

Alexander McQueen Calfskin The Peak Mini Chain Bag New Pink

Condition: Very Good

$2,135$1,710

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Four Ring Frame Tote WhiteALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Four Ring Frame Tote White

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Four Ring Frame Tote White

Condition: Very Good

$910$730

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Wool Skull Scarf Black WhiteALEXANDER MCQUEEN Wool Skull Scarf Black White

Alexander McQueen Wool Skull Scarf Black White

Condition: Excellent

$240$190

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Braided The Small The Story Shoulder Bag Brown BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Braided The Small The Story Shoulder Bag Brown Black

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Braided The Small The Story Shoulder Bag Brown Black

Condition: Very Good

$695$555

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag SageALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Sage

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Sage

Condition: Very Good

$590$470

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Four Ring Knuckle Mini Chain Clutch Acid GreenALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Four Ring Knuckle Mini Chain Clutch Acid Green

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Four Ring Knuckle Mini Chain Clutch Acid Green

Condition: Excellent

$835$670

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Origami Logo Scarf Pink BlackALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silk Origami Logo Scarf Pink Black

Alexander McQueen Silk Origami Logo Scarf Pink Black

Condition: New

$265$185

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Shiny Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Jeweled Crossbody WhiteALEXANDER MCQUEEN Shiny Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Jeweled Crossbody White

Alexander McQueen Shiny Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Knuckle Jeweled Crossbody White

Condition: Very Good

$1,360$950

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Pale BlueALEXANDER MCQUEEN Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Pale Blue

Alexander McQueen Calfskin Mini Curve Bucket Bag Pale Blue

Condition: Excellent

$685$375

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