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Alexander McQueen on history

McQueen discusses the biographical nature of his collections

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Alexander McQueen on anarchy

McQueen muses on his label as an 'anarchist designer'

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Alexander McQueen on Highland Rape collection

McQueen reflects on his most controversial collection yet

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Alexander McQueen on Savile Row

How he learnt the rules of constructing clothes so he could reinvent them

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Alexander McQueen on his influences

McQueen reveals some of the thought processes behind his designs

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen is one of the most talked about, controversial and inspiring fashion designers of his generation. Born into a working class East End family, McQueen left school at sixteen with one O-Level. His rapid rise through the fashion industry has seen him open boutiques around the world, man the helm of a Parisian Couture house, and be awarded the British Designer of the Year award four times, alongside a CBE. Known for his strong opinions, a series of clashes with the fashion establishment has earned him the label "the hooligan of English fashion". He now shows his clothing in Paris.

Key moments

  • 1969 Born in East London
  • 1985 Left school with one O-Level
  • 1986 Began apprenticeship with Saville Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard
  • 1990 Returned to study his MA at Central Saint Martins College
  • 1992 His graduation collection is bought in its entirety by fashion stylist Isabella Blow
  • 1996 Succeeded John Galliano as head designer at fashion label Givenchy
  • 1996 Voted British Designer of the Year - the first of four occasions.
  • 2000 Partnered with the Italian fashion house Gucci and opens new stores in London, Milan and New York
  • 2003 Awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List
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