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We remain shocked

entertainment Updated: Feb 14, 2010 01:39 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
alexander mcqueen

The world still remains stunned with the sudden death of Alexander McQueen. Everyone is puzzled as to what made him end his life so ruthlessly. One morning he was all set to be part of the Paris Fashion Week. The next morning, he lay dead in his apartment in London’s posh Mayfair.

He had everything going for him. His shows were looked forward to. His collections were unique, bearing his signature style. His brand, part of the Gucci Group, was doing great in terms of business. He had celebrities donning his creations not just on the red carpet but in their daily lives as well.

So what made him take such a drastic step? The Internet is flooded with stories and celebrities making statements on his death. Cathy Horyn recounted his life and what fashion would be after his death. Celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum… and everyone is saying in one voice, “He was a legend.”

McQueen was an inspiration for everyone, especially those who come from humble surroundings. Born to a taxi driver father, his creative mind and passion to take his life forward took him to the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London where he graduated in fashion.

A four-time winner of British Designer of The Year Awards, McQueen had stints at the famous Savile Row, Romeo Gigli and Koji Tatsuno.

At Savile Row, he is rumoured to have kicked-off a controversy by putting hand-written obscenities on the lining of Prince Charles’ coat. However, his penchant for kicking up controversies did not end with the royal jacket. He shot to fame when he presented rape victims on the fashion runway in ripped clothing that earned him a lot of flak.

In another showing, he made girls wear bum cleavage showing outfits and later, when he was appointed the creative director of the French label Givenchy, he continued to shock fashion lovers with his somewhat out-of-the-box ideas and their perfect execution on the runway.

McQueen loved to shock those who loved him. And he did just that on Thursday when he chose to say ‘good bye’ to us. Only this time, the shock is here to stay.