The Eccentricities of a Couturier
The son of a London cabbie became a designer phenom before taking his own life. A look back at his life and legacy.
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Fans of the late designer honored him by laying flowers outside his central London atelier.
Feb 11, 2010
The first time I met Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide Thursday in London at the age of 40, he was sitting at his desk at Givenchy, days before his debut show for the legendary French couture house. He was 27 years old, having made a name for himself in a few short years after his graduation from Central Saint Martins in London by staging outlandish shows filled with really smart clothes. I was about to interview him for a cover story for NEWSWEEK, and minutes before the shoot, he decided to jazz things up a bit and shaved himself a mohawk. There were bits of hair all over the white Formica desk where the ever-elegant Hubert de Givenchy himself used to work.