The British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his London home at the age of 40.
His company, Alexander McQueen, issued a statement saying: “On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand, has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family.
I am beyond words. Alexander McQueen was, with absolutely no exaggeration, my favorite fashion designer – of this generation or any. His work was consistently bold and innovative. I remember thinking, many years ago before I was as interested in fashion as I am today, that his designs stood out because they looked like individual artistic creations. His pieces were architectural and gorgeous, and it is such a loss for those close to him and for anyone who appreciates the creation of beauty.
It is unfortunate but not infrequent that artistic genius is so frequently coupled with mental troubles. If the scope of McQueens genius can be used as a measure, he must have been fighting some serious demons. I can only pray now that he is at peace – if he believed in a place better than this one, I hope he is there now. For his family and those close to him, they will have a difficult task of grieving privately while the public demands statements, photos, and more. I pray that they will have the opportunity to mourn properly, and that the press at large will respect their loss.
I cannot express how very sad I am to wake up to this news. Long live McQueen.