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Long live McQueen

Delhi designers mourn the death of Brit fashion genius.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 13, 2010 02:14 IST
Vinod Nair

Designer Alexander McQueen’s suicide has shocked the fashion fraternity with Delhi-based designers saying his genius had influenced some of their work. The British designer hung himself on Thursday, a month before he was to unveil his collection at Paris Fashion Week. The 40-year-old was found dead at his home in Green Street, London.

“We are in a state of shock. We lost someone creative and valuable. Everyone in fashion is influenced by his creativity,” Anna Orsini, Head of International Markets of the British Fashion Council told HT City.

Known for his unconventional designs and shock tactics, McQueen was one of the youngest designers to be hailed the “British Designer of the Year” four times between 1996 and 2003. Celebrities Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna frequently wear McQueen designs for red carpet outings. And Lady Gaga incorporates his pieces in her music videos. He had boutiques in New York, London, Los Angeles, Milan and Las Vegas.

Designer Puja Nayyar worked with him developing Indian fabrics for his menswear collection in 2007. “Such a creative genius. We worked closely and that makes it even more upsetting,” she says.“I am too shocked to say anything,” says Rajesh Pratap Singh. Ashish Soni said, “He was a true genius, especially at blending the bizarre with the contemporary. His collections were not just path-breaking, but technical marvels, like the one in which he made the girls walk on water. With his death, the fashion world has lost a true visionary.”

Designer Tarun Tahiliani recounts meeting him at Isabella Blow’s Gloucestershire estate. “I chatted with him when he had been appointed creative head of Givenchy. He marked and influenced two decades of fashion!”