Remembering Alexander McQueen On His 41st Birthday

In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, today would have been the late, great Alexander McQueen’s 41st birthday.

Some other designers share their memories of McQueen:

Zac Posen: “The first I met McQueen was when I was an intern at the Met. He was there to research and he smelled me. I was standing over vertical files, and he smelled my jacket. I must have been 17-years-old. He asked if the jacket was from London. It was. I probably skipped a Science class to be there.”

Rachel Roy: “Alexander McQueen was a thoughtful yet bold visionary. I loved that he was one of the first designers to start featuring Indian models and he completed his look with extraordinary hair and makeup – something that inspires me greatly.”[stylelist]

Speaking of St. Patty’s Day, McQueen was famous for using plaids.

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 1995 - Highland Rape

In 1995, he acknowledged his Scottish roots with his “Highland Rape” collection, above.

McQ by Alexander McQueen mens Plaid Motorcycle Jacket

McQ by Alexander McQueen mens plaid motorcycle jacket

Alexander McQueen Fall 2006 plaid dress Alexander McQueen Fall 2005 plaid dress

Fall 2006 / Fall 2005

Another thing McQueen was known for? Bringing skulls to the mainstream! He knew how to tastefully do skulls. You could rock his designs without making it look like you were trying to hard.

Alexander McQueen skull scarf white

Alexander McQueen Pink Scull Clutch

Alexander McQueen Skull Ring


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