Alexander McQueen was born in London in 1969, son of a taxi driver, draw his first dress at the age of three. At 16 left his home to work for tailors and theatrical costumiers. After receiving his Masters degree in Fashion design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design worked for Givenchy and later for his own label. Visit his website at http://www.alexandermcqueen.com/ and his most young and rebel label http://www.m-c-q.com/
Alexander McQueen is known for both the emotional power and raw energy of the shows as well as the romantic but determinedly contemporary nature of the collections. Integral to the McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity and fluidity and severity. An openly emotional and even passionate viewpoint is realised with a profound respect and influence for the arts and crafts tradition. Alexander's collections combine an in-depth working knowledge of: bespoke British tailoring, the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing. Watch his Fall 09 runway at http://www.style.com/video/fashion-shows-by-season/fall-2009-rtw/12062822001/alexander-mcqueen-fall-2009-rtw/15404479001 and previous shows at http://www.style.com/video/fashion-shows-by-designer/alexander-mcqueen/1896809711
He is known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows, such as a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection, spring 2005’s human chess game and his fall 2006 show, Widows of Culloden, which featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss, dressed in yards of rippling fabric. One of McQueen's passions when he is not working is scuba diving. In a 2009 video interview he described diving as one of his greatest pleasures and also as a source of inspiration. An undersea influence was clearly evident in his latest October 2009 fashion show, 'Plato's Atlantis'. Watch his latest runway show with cameras that followed the models and projected on a big screen and in realtime on the internet, with Lady Gaga as background music.
Watch the entire collection at http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/S2010RTW-AMCQUEEN?page=1 and the incredible details and accessories at http://www.style.com/fashionshows/detail/S2010RTW-AMCQUEEN
And you may wonder who would dare to wear his collection... I have to admit the black coral inspired pumps are incredible! That would be the Icelandic singer Björk and emerging from the scene of New York City's Lower East Side, american singer / entertainer / ultra fashionista Lady Gaga, that has definitely a voice aside from her more than daring attitude and a strongly backed high production. Watch her wear McQueen and other designers in her videos bellow.
Watch more Lady Gaga fashion at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZlBjzXjfMU&feature=channel, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAoPJxTvZOQ and if you don't believe she has can sing watch the song she wrote for her father http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRILEQhJqoo&feature=related
McQueen also partnered with Puma in 2005 for an unexpected and unique exploratory footwear collection and Samsonite in February 2007 resulting in a cutting edge luxury travel range. You may watch the presentations bellow.