Alexander McQueen Has Died At The Age of 40

Alexander McQueen 40 was found in his home this morning dead. 

 Three days ago McQueen’s mother and best friend died.  It is unknown whether this tragic event played a role in his death. 

 Three years prior to McQueen’s death his long time friend and mentor Isabella Blow took her life.   His 2008 spring collection was dedicated to Blow.

 Blow was a fashion Icon and writer who discovered Lee McQueen (McQueen’s real name) and bartered the deal between him and Gucci. 

 McQueen was known for his surrealist approach to haute couture and it quickly earned him legendary status along with four British designer of the year awards. 

After experiencing a double loss his family has not made any statements to the press but has left this comment at McQueen’s site:

 On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen today announces the  tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family.Lee’s family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.

McQueen will always be known as one of the few designers who have rapidly and successfully changed fashion. 




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Spring ’10 Couture Shows: Givenchy

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Spring ’10 Couture Shows : Armani Privé

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Spring ’10 Couture Shows : Alexis Mabille

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Spring’10 Couture Shows : Christian Dior

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Defining Couture

I have grown more and more irritated over the past months at the misuse of the word “couture”. 

Today I seen the most irksome and awful fashion show that had the couture label slapped across the top .  The dresses were schlocky, unedited,  and garish. Adding fur, rhinestones, illusion netting, horsehair in unneeded and unwanted places, feathers here and there and happening to sew the shabang by hand does not equal a couture dress. 

By definition couture (haute couture) means high fashion clothing that is made to order.  The garments are made from the highest quality materials on earth, are fitted to the millimeter on each client and are made almost exclusively by hand techniques. 

 Haute couture designers are members of (those in France where couture was started by Charles Worth) Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture after meeting a list of legal requirements. The word is  protected under law.  

There are many designers who are couture designers (technically) but are not legally such in France.

Most couture designers today carry a RTW line in addition to their couture houses.  Mostly because of the great profit involved in designing rtw as most people simply aren’t interested in custom clothing of any sort including couture.  

Some of the world’s couture designers :

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Cristóbal Balenciaga

Born in Spain, Balenciaga became one of the leading French couturiers.  He was intrigued with sewing at an early age as his mother was seamstress. By the time he was twelve he had acquired an apprenticeship with a tailor.  He was later sent to school by Marquesa de Casa Torres because if his innate ability to recognize elegance. 

After studying in Paris, he returned to Spain and opened his first couture shop. A few years later shortly after he opened his third shop, he was forced to leave Spain due to civil war. 

Balenciaga reestablished his couture house in Paris and eventually became known as the courtier’s couturier and the master of illusion.  He revolutionized the way women dressed by viewing dressing as an 3D art form.



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