The fashion world suffered a substantial loss on Thursday when it was revealed that acclaimed designer, Lee Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London flat. Though rumours instantly began swirling around his death, it was soon confirmed that the 40-year-old took his own life following the passing of his mother nearly two weeks ago. Needless to say, the outpouring of grief from fellow designers, celebrities, musicians and the general public has been overwhelming.
McQueen was renowned for his unique and artistic designs, maintaining a costume aesthetic flaunted by the likes of Lady Gaga, Rhianna and Sarah Jessica Parker. (And if you’re familiar with the iconic skull scarf that debuted years back, he was the creator of that, too.)
The passing of such a legend is undoubtedly tragic, and it continues to show that regardless of success or fame, we may never be privy the internal struggles faced by creative geniuses. Though funeral plans have yet to be announced, if the last couple days are any sort of inclination, it promises to be a who’s who of the arts world, with designers, actors and musicians taking to their Twitters and publicists to convey their disbelief.
Known as the hooligan of British fashion, Alexander McQueen encompassed the rebellious nature that design is meant to represent, and regardless of your fashion alignments, the death of a designer great is a loss for us all.