Alexander McQueen has been an idol of mine since I was about 17. At that time, I had switched high schools (much to my Mother's dismay) from an academic collegiate to a technical school. I made the move, so I could go to a school that offered courses in fashion design. After graduating, I went on again to pursue studies in fashion design, at a local college in Toronto. What I actually wanted to do was attend "Central St.Martin's" in London, England for their courses in fashion & design. This is the school that many of the "greats" attended. John Galliano, Stella McCartney....and of course Alexander McQueen.
McQueen utterly fascinated me. His work was a combination of anarchy and punk...mixed in with his precise tailoring ablities. (Which he acquired while training at the prestigious Saville Row, in London). It was like Yin and Yang together, and his designs were simply out of this world. The energy that surrounded McQueen when he took over the reigns at Givenchy was really exciting for me as a student and I looked forward to seeing what he would create season after season.
I obviously never met McQueen, but he was a part of my life for many years. He will be greatly missed....it is so very tragic. Another great dies too soon.