Legendary British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead today after taking his own life at the age of forty, just days after the death of his mother, Joyce. Ambulances were called at 10:20AM to his luxury flat in Green Park, central London, where it is believe he hanged himself [DailyMail]. It is only threee days before the start of London Fashion Week, the career of the designer was far from over. Between 1996 and 2003, McQueen was named British fashion designer of the year four times. His talent and unique creativity in his fashion show presentations were unparalleled. March 9th was supposed to be the debut of his new collection at Paris Fashion Week. With details yet to be released, his office has confirmed the tragic news, saying "It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family."

Born March 16, 1969, the designer started off making dresses for his three sisters. As a teenager, he apprenticed on Savile Row, making suits for the likes of Prince Charles, later going on to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It was upon graduating that his talent was discovered by Isabella Blow, who went on to become one of his close friends, and to whom he dedicated his Spring 2008 collection after her suicide May 7, 2007. "My relationship with McQueen began in 1994, when I went to a Saint Martins graduate show. I couldn't get a seat, so I sat on the stairs and was just watching, when I suddenly thought: I really like those clothes, they are amazing. It was his first collection." (DailyMail)

Here in the tents, emotions run high and the damper on the first day of New York Fashion Week is thick and heavy in light of the event (McQueen was to show here at fashion week today). I send out my sincerest condolences to the McQueen family, and hope that the iconic designer's legacy continues for etnernity, and his work continues to reign supreme. RIP, Alexander McQueen.

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