The Loss of a Brilliant Designer and Artist - Lee McQueen

I finally plugged into the online world only to hear the most devastating news, that one of my favorite designers, a brilliant true artist, Lee McQueen (founder designer for Alexander McQueen) has passed away.  I can't even begin to describe how confounded I am by this news.  Born March 16th 1969, he was found in his home dead at only 40 years old.

All over the world people are expressing their utter sadness over the loss of someone so talented and innovative.  Here's what some had to say:

"RIP Alexander McQueen," wrote Banks, a former model. "So, so sad. Such a huge loss. He was one of my favourite designers. He will be missed." 

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman said: "Lee McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers.
"His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn't,"
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld said: "I found his work very interesting and never banal.
"There was always some attraction to death, his designs were sometimes dehumanized.
"Who knows, perhaps after flirting with death too often, death attracts you."

Paul Smith said he was "extremely shocked" at the news.
"I have known Lee since his time at Saint Martins and gave him advice in the early part of his career. He was a very talented and creative designer, especially in respect of his tailored clothing."

 Of all the designers that feature their work season after season, Alexander McQueen was that fashion house that I knew would always awe me in marvelous ways.  McQueen was one of the few designers that truly made art and fashion synonymous with one another.  The lavish designs were something I would crave to wear not matter how avant garde they were. Everything was wearable art, and in being ordained in his fashion, you were not only making a statement of style but also an expression of disregard for following the flock. 

At this point I'm not sure who will continue the line, what the creative direction of the brand shall be or if the industry will ever be granted with another talented individual such as Lee (Alexander) McQueen.

I personally chose not to digress into the tragedies of his life or his suicide but you can read the full article here. 

I'm still utterly astounded.  Rest in Peace, your work has moved mountains, inspired young artists and taught many that creativity never dies.

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