Sunday, January 31, 2010

On the Street….Alexander McQueen Shop Window, NYC

Alexander McQueen and Dries Van Noten were the two shows I was most excited to see during my first Paris fashion week.

To me, McQueen represented the drama of fashion. He represented the conflict and harmony of being a craftsman and an artist – Savile Row training, runway dreaming.

There are people in fashion I always figured I’d meet sooner or later.
I’d meet them in a very natural way (introduced by a mutual friend at a party or something) and the encounter would be so much more meaningful that way. McQueen was one of those people I felt I had time to meet. I almost wanted to save him for later. Not a conscious effort but just a concept. Well…I’m sad that won’t be the case.

I hope we all remember him for the genius he brought to fashion.

ps. I’m rereading what I wrote and what has been written on other sites and blogs.

All very nice but I still feel so unsatisfied, so empty, even a little mad.

When a bigtime movie star or politician dies someone like Tom Brokaw has always been there to help put it into perspective.

If it was a sports star, fans would talk about it for days on talk radio.

However, for someone that loves fashion Alexander McQueen is just gone and no one seems to be able to make sense of it.

There doesn’t seem to be anywhere to turn to make it feel right or understandable.

I don’t have any answers for you either. All I know is this sucks.


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  1. Nicole Cik

    February 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    :( I can't believe it.

  2. It Girl (Anya)

    February 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I'm still in shock. He will be greatly missed. True artist.

  3. pdaervo

    February 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    RIP Alexander McQueen. :(

  4. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Well said. It's a huge loss for fashion and art and where they meet.

  5. Steph

    February 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Very well said. I am in shock at the news. Immense, immense, immense talent.

  6. IRIS

    February 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    this is a sad day.
    we all admire mcqueen for his genius and amazing creativity.
    we will never forget him… he brought a new era for fashion. rip.

  7. DSA

    February 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    McQueen was the reason I entered the fashion world.. he's always been the the most refreshingly creative designers. I will always remember him for his articulate vocabulary of drama and passion..

  8. Jeanlaid Alvarez

    February 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    One of the greatest of our time…R.I.P. Alexander McQueen.

  9. iconjane

    February 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    there is no way that he will be forgotten…

  10. Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi

    February 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    A tragic loss. My prayers to his family and friends.


  11. gwen

    February 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    A soul of creativity with talent that was breathtaking.

    His loss leaves one at a loss for words.

  12. simplyolive

    February 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    he was my absolute favorite!!
    i'm in shock & deeply saddened by this news…

  13. Sukhpreet

    February 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    "The conflict and harmony of being a craftsman and an artist": what a great articulation of McQueen's genius. I too hope that he will be remembered for it; that is surely what he deserves.

  14. Cheryl

    February 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I'm a visual artist I recently cross posted the latest McQueen Men's collection, FW 10, to my Facebook profile with the caption, " I feel I learn more about contemporary life looking at McQueen than most gallery shows in NY." Many friends agreed. There's always a lot of talk about the art/fashion crossover- for me, he was one of the few who truely made impacts in both arenas. I'm devastated by his loss. What a tragedy. God bless.

  15. Alexandra

    February 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Your words were just perfect…he was a real artist , his sense of fashion was supreme…he really was a fashion genious…his work will be missed

  16. Sheila

    February 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Here's to an individual with an unfailing vision of stunning nightmares in space that reminded everyone of what it means to create art.

  17. Elana Robinson

    February 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    He will be greatly missed!

  18. MARIA H

    February 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    A genious!

    True talent above commercial appeal, an artist that made a huge contribution to all.


    February 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    We will

  20. jessica

    February 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    A tribute is in order. He was a real artist, daring and dark and finding beauty under stones most forget to overturn. He was fearless, bringing to light "uncomfortable" topics and showing us all the beauty we didn't see at first glance.

    He will be truly missed and forever idolized.

  21. Blackmarket Boo

    February 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    NO! I had just discovered him as one of my favorite and most inspiring artists! This is so tragic!


    February 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I am so devastated, he was my God of fashion.. What did you do to your life Lee..


    February 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Fashion lost a genius today.

  24. Alexxander

    February 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm



    February 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm


  26. This love gets easier the more it's sung to

    February 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I felt my heart break this morning when I got the news. This man was my inspiration to get into the world of fashion, and I too dreamed of meeting him one day. I still can't wrap my head around never seeing a new McQueen collection. RIP Lee, the world will be a less glamourous place without you.

  27. poppy bird.

    February 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    may he eternally rest among the angels.
    he is sure to live on.

  28. Robi

    February 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    R.I.P. Lee.


    February 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    And he just lost his mother:(

    I feel so so sad, for that whole family.

    RIP, your art is beautiful.

  30. The Concrete Commentator

    February 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    agreed!! I'll miss him.

  31. Pati Mc

    February 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    A heartbreaking loss of staggering genius. RIP Lee McQueen :(

  32. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    he helped me have bigger, more astonishing dreams. his designs surprised me, pushed me, taught me to see newly.

    I wish it weren't true that he's died.

    Nothing will fill his absence but our continuing admiration for his vision.

  33. Jane

    February 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    A genius indeed. So beautiful. So brave. So fun. I have only one pair of designer shoes – his. He was a true artist. I'm so sad. Love you, beautiful McQueen.

  34. cherylfenton

    February 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    i agree that this is flying under the radar, whereas with other industry losses they almost wail from the rooftops with camera crews. It was a staggering tragedy, one which we will never understand. whatever troubled him, he is at peace now. he will live on in his designs. RIP

  35. zincink

    February 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I had to read the news five times just to make sure I didn't comprehend something wrong.

    He was an artist and most innovative fashion minds of our time. The only fashion designer I ever sent a note to say how much I admire his work. I don't know if he ever received it but I figured my fashion muse would always inspire people across the world.

    I am lost for words. Rest in Peace.

  36. indigo warrior

    February 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    It's like a little bit of the world's magic is gone. And a bit of the sparkle too.

  37. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Shade of the genius is the sadness

  38. Lea

    February 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Truly devasting, the fashion world will never be the same again.

  39. La kat

    February 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Lee was a true genius… He left way to early…it is so hard to understand, but there were indeed signs, a cry for help. RIP Lee

  40. The Shitty Astrologer

    February 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    So sad. The fashion world will feel the void no doubt…

  41. Goldilox

    February 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    McQueen is the epitome of the word CREATIVE. I will miss his colourful shows

  42. KÍA

    February 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    His magical vision live forever within …

  43. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I am am died hard fan of AMQ,this morning at BCBG show a friend told me about this…kidding????so sad!RIP

  44. Jón Agnar

    February 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    He would always make a explosive impression, and now there's only the deafening silence. He elevated the very notion of fashion, delivering in terms of artistic expression and not marketing or trends. Cheers for the memories – you are greatly missed.

  45. mychameleon

    February 11, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    A beauitful post – and you are so right – our can anyone explain this tragic loss. Its almost like we now feel robbed. And also more upsetting is that he lived in this darkness for so long.
    A true genius

  46. Stratos Bacalis

    February 11, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Huge loss for his family, friends and the fashion world – he had so much more to give.

  47. Lucy Laucht

    February 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    A devastating and mournful loss for both the fashion and art worlds- it's difficult to articulate with words but I think you did a fitting job.

  48. Miriam Parkman

    February 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I'm not so "into" fashion anymore, but when I was and when I really started to get an interest in it Alexander McQueen was one of the first to really catch my attention.
    His work, always in between art and fashion, inspired me a lot.
    Today when I rather check 40's magazines and old photoalbums for inspiration, he still inspires me.
    He never became boring.

  49. Carolina Lange

    February 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    It is so sad…

  50. needle+thread

    February 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    these are the places we can come together and hear. you're right that it won't be a fitting, public tribute, not what we'd get for someone more mainstream, but in places like these, where those who love fashion come together, we can commiserate, lament the loss and remember his genius.

    i'm saddened and shocked. to think there won't be collections to anticipate, pictures to pour over… my heart breaks a little.

  51. Nancy

    February 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Alexander McQueen. An artistic genius. An explosion of creativity and passion like no other. Such gratitude for the beauty he brought into this world and an aching for his early departure. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  52. hakkamui

    February 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Perhaps is to respect what its official site has requested. That notwithstanding, I do wish to know more, hear more, read more on Lee McQueen.
    Take care, don't get suck in.

  53. 2luxecouture

    February 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    RIP LeeAlexander Mcqueen!
    One of the great artists of fashion.
    The man has left us but what it represents and its work will always be there!

    (sorry for my english im french)

  54. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Like all of his devoted fans and followers, McQueen always left you with a full stomach of inspiration and imagination after a show, yet we were always eager for more, no matter how full. Now we may not be able to indulge in his wildness and dreams come to life on the runway anymore, but his presence dwells on with stunning livelihood that the industry will surely deem equally legendary and beautiful.

  55. pete

    February 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    show us something of his… your favorites

  56. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    There is a fine line between genius and madness. He will go down in fashion history as iconic. His skill and vision a rare talent.

  57. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    well put

  58. desertwind

    February 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Maybe tomorrow we can find the words.

    Not today.

  59. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    your p.s. comments express my sentiments exactly… i'm winded

  60. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    The most important thing to remember is not this tragedy, but the mark he left on people and fashion with his art.

    It is not about the destination, but about the journey to it.

    I hope left this place in peace with himself. I know he will be rememvered as a magical person with a fascinating pashion for the craftmanship that is called fashion.

    I can really appreciate your words dear Sartorialist.

    Lee, you will be missed.

  61. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    so shocking… I nearly cried.

  62. Molly Rose

    February 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I still remember the first time I ever heard of Alexander McQueen, and what pieces of his I had seen. They took my breath away. Every year, he is always one of the designers I am most excited to see, and every year he rises above and beyond my expectations for that years collection.
    He was such a genius, and the world simply won't be the same kind of place without him.
    I had always dreamed of meeting him as well, I am saddened to know that know I will never get the chance to.
    dear Mr. McQueen, you will be forever loved and forever missed in the world of fashion.

  63. Tiffany

    February 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    R.I.P Alexander Mcqueen.

  64. Luisy

    February 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    No words can describe how devastating this tragedy is for us that loved his work.
    R.I.P. Lee.

  65. Paolo

    February 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    What a Tragedy, what a Loss; for fashion, of course, and for art, as well. It's hours I'm thinkin' about and still i can't make sense of it. I'm shocked.
    RIP Alex, we'll miss you.

  66. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Such a great loss. I'm so deeply saddened that one so loved by so many could not be helped and this dreadful loss avoided. Where does it all go so wrong?

  67. Neekoh

    February 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    It's amazing, but this is exactly how I feel. Though not in the trenches of fashion quite like you, Scott, I always figured I'd somehow, someway meet McQueen. His shows and inspirations were what I looked for in my morning news/blog feeds. And there's just something so somber about his passing… like, it's not a closed door, but just an open field with no direction, yet all the direction in the world. I don't know if that makes sense. But it does suck.

  68. FromASavileRowPunk

    February 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    R.I.P.! not just fashionistas will miss You, also all the people who don't know and will never know that the clothes they are wearing have been inspired by one of your shows, your lines, your genious mind; even those people will recognize that something's missing in the world of fashion!!!

  69. Villa Nellcote

    February 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Very sad xxx

  70. julie

    February 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    always my idol. R.I.P Lee McQueen and his beloved Mum.

  71. HEK

    February 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Let's just hope that his soul will find peace now. He gave the world so much beauty, and we can only be thankful. He will truly be missed.

  72. r.e.v.f.

    February 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    i really feel the same way sart and have been in somber outrage all day:

    why don't people care more?!

    the average person might not know who he is but to the fashion world, he may as well have been the pope. i felt pain today like i have not felt for a celebrity since princess diana's death. people touch our lives with their celebrity in small ways but alexander mcqueen is a mogul, an icon, an inspiration to the fashion world, pop culture, designers and artists everywhere.

    his pain must have been immense. none of us want to imagine what it must have been like to lose his mother at such a crucial time, to have such a huge pressure of scheduling and tying up lose ends for his shows while trying to find the time to mourn. so overwhelming it must have been for him.

    my heart hurts. suicide is always a tragedy and you always want to say, while selfishly angry, that you didn't want to lose that person out of this world for the sake of ALL the things they have provided us with. the beauty he brought into this world is irreplaceable. it is a shame none of us will get to see his work, that you will never get to shake his hand.

    i only hope that he is at peace now.

    gianni must be lonely without competition up there in the clouds. i'm sure the runway is endless. i'm sure he brought with him his sheers and pins.

    the show must go on.

    thank you for all that you do.

  73. r.e.v.f.

    February 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    i really feel the same way sart and have been in somber outrage all day:

    why don't people care more?!

    the average person might not know who he is but to the fashion world, he may as well have been the pope. i felt pain today like i have not felt for a celebrity since princess diana's death. people touch our lives with their celebrity in small ways but alexander mcqueen is a mogul, an icon, an inspiration to the fashion world, pop culture, designers and artists everywhere.

    his pain must have been immense. none of us want to imagine what it must have been like to lose his mother at such a crucial time, to have such a huge pressure of scheduling and tying up lose ends for his shows while trying to find the time to mourn. so overwhelming it must have been for him.

    my heart hurts. suicide is always a tragedy and you always want to say, while selfishly angry, that you didn't want to lose that person out of this world for the sake of ALL the things they have provided us with. the beauty he brought into this world is irreplaceable. it is a shame none of us will get to see his work, that you will never get to shake his hand.

    i only hope that he is at peace now.

    gianni must be lonely without competition up there in the clouds. i'm sure the runway is endless. i'm sure he brought with him his sheers and pins.

    the show must go on.

    thank you for all that you do.

  74. Robert

    February 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Cathy Horyn left a lovely post on her blog.
    As ususual she articulates so much w/ so little.

    Such a shock.

    So young, so much more to give.

  75. yoohoobooboo

    February 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I simply cannot believe it, this news is extremely sad. We are losing so many of our masters: Lacroix(bankrupt), Valentino(pushed out), and now McQueen. I remember his very first fashion interview with then CNN fashion correspondant Elsa Klench and how incredibly shy he was, so much that he did the interview with his back to the camera. Since that first interview he slowly came out of his shell but I feel he never has fully accepted the glare of media. He has also brought attention to many London designers like Phillip Treacy and many jewelry designers. I am sure Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow are having a romp up there with his mum. I will miss his vision and his craft. RIP

  76. doubledcherry

    February 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Scott it is so tragic, it is so not fair and more so because it does not make any sense. For someone like McQueen who had all the available resources (many friends, family, status, wealth, respect) to help him cope, to seek professional help. To be honest I have been in that very dark place. You feel no one can help you, no one can understand what it is you're going through and there is but one solution. Sadly he sought refuge by other means. It's just so sad to loose such a talented artist and a person who meant so much to so many.

  77. The Fashionstar

    February 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I was also shocked this morning – it's so horrible. And I also don't feel like it's gotten enough attention it's like no one really cares because he's apart of the fashion world.

  78. Anneliese

    February 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I feel very sad. He and his creations were fantastic and I've always been a fan. I just couldn't believe when I read about his death. He'll be missed! R.I.P. Alexander McQueen.

  79. Hannah

    February 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I think you put that very well. There isn't going to be an understandable answer. It is just incredibly sad.

  80. Emily

    February 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I agree with you. There are no words to describe the loss of someone so influential and talented. We all must do our part to make sure that his fashion line remains forever.


  81. The Fashionstar

    February 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    And the funny thing is fashion has such an incredible influence on our society and culture, yet the mainstream world doesn't really respect the true artists or give them enough props. I just hope he rests in peace – the whole situation is really sad.

  82. Mister B

    February 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    The loss of Mr. McQueen has been felt through those who truly recognized his aspirations and vision within the industry. Though not memorialized in the manner of an athlete or common celebrity, it is best that those who mourn his loss are the one's who understand him best, and appreciate his genius within the contribution to art and fashion. We may not be able to turn to our spouse, friend, or television to understand or ease our mourning, but never shy away from mentioning his name and how he impacted you. Make them understand McQueen was an inspiration and a showman. It is only natural we continue to remember him for who he was.

  83. i found a reason

    February 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    the terrible thing is after knowing about his death i had no one to turn to, no one around my world who would know and appreciate what a genious he was. movie stars with not a quarter of his talent die and the whole planet seems to stop for a split of second. its a shame that i feel i cant be fair whit his greatness cause i cant share my feelings… and being silent about something is lije denying its . a genius, a man who created pieces that should be shown in museums, should be forever remembered and talked about. not just those interested in fashion should mourn: every sensible man or woman should. R.I.P

  84. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    R.I.P Mcqueen

  85. Joelene

    February 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Your post made me cry; the first words I've read about this great loss to bring it home to me.

    Could we call for Anna Wintour to do something? This loss needs to be documented and acknowledged in a big way, and this is a perfect opportunity for depression awareness to be talked about and for the millions of people suffering worldwide to know they are NOT alone.

  86. Tyler

    February 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Hours after the death of an icon not one iota was mentioned on any tv news providers telecast, not one news providers home page, and will most likely be tucked away in a small editorial or small nook in the obituaries section. Yet, as we speak CNN in the states is playing non-stop coverage on a "simple" procedure performed on Fmr. President Bill Clinton. Maybe, if it was to much to ask, the nations of the world could refrain from yellow-journalism of the last century and focus on the facts, the news that actually matters, rather than what captivates ones mind.

  87. Maria

    February 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I totally agree with your last statement. He was a designer and an artist. He was thought provoking and changed the face of fashion and for that he deserves a proper mention.

  88. Nicole

    February 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I am so sad that we lost such a great artist today. His work was a constant source of inspiration. Dammit.

  89. RR

    February 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    well put, for what it's worth. couldn't have said it any better with your last line.

  90. Anna Marie

    February 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    because mcqueen was the first designer i truly fell in love with, in fact the reason i fell in love with fashion at all, i feel like a little piece of my past has died as well. that may sound selfish, but most of my creative ideas in high school revolved around mcqueen. its like saying goodbye to an era, which i'm not ready to do at all. not just an era for me.. mcqueen had such an impact that i think he created a sort of "fashion era" for many,many people. and nobody is ready to close that book.

  91. Maria Irene

    February 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I completely agree. There are no words to describe it. It's just so sad.

  92. Alexandra

    February 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Oh thank you, thank you for this. I think we are all feeling the same sense of outrage and sadness that someone of McQueen's stature and genius is gone, yet all the mainstream media will drop the story because he's "just" a designer.

    What a loss, made all the more difficult to bear.

  93. C

    February 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I completely agree. The news was almost unbelievable when I first heard it, it took awhile to sink in.

    He was an amazing talent, someone who I felt truly put his heart and soul into every collection. I immediately looked back at images from his archived runway shows and was once again inspired.

  94. bvann

    February 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I was at work when I heard and had to go in the bathroom and cry for a few minutes. He was such an inspiration to me as a craftsman and a showman.
    His quiet bashful smile after every one of his shows and his willingness to put things out there that were just the opposite of that quiet bashful smile. The world has lost so much.

  95. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    To take your own life is such a tragedy. We all need to look after each other and really reach out to people when they need us, instead of assuming that there is already someone else doing it.

  96. lola

    February 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    i agree, this sucks. i'm still in shock.

  97. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Your words echo my own thoughts and emotions about this tragedy so perfectly – the sorrow, shock, disappointment, even anger, that I and countless other people have been feeling since hearing the news. His work truly did touch my life, and the entire way I view fashion.

    "All I know is this sucks."

  98. D

    February 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I couldnt have put it better myself

  99. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Do you actually mean Walter Cronkite and not Tom Brokaw?

  100. Jessica

    February 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I feel the SAME way! My friend texted me the news this afternoon and my jaw dropped! I always look forward to his shows, he truly puts art into his fashion and is so unique, there will be a hole left without him here!

  101. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    The (fashion) world has lost a wonderful and very special person. Truly a genius-who will be greatly missed.

  102. jorden

    February 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    you hit the nail on the head. i thought i had plenty of time to enjoy his work and maybe one day see his show in person. i looked up to him as a designer… he was never afraid of fashion. it was obvious to me that he put his heart and soul into every garment he created. i feel an emptiness in my soul. no one can do what he did.

  103. tanvi @ now craving

    February 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    you're right. there's only emptiness that words cant express. thank you for saying exactly what this is- a situation that sucks and for which there are no answers and may never be

  104. j.

    February 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I …… hhhhhh ….
    Agreed on the sucks. And the cognitive and metaphysical dissonance.

    hhhhhhh ….

  105. Tastes Eclectic Fashion

    February 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    In respect to your post script, I really do feel as if I will forever be in shock.

  106. Lisa Petrarca

    February 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    This is so sad!

    You would think with all the Fashion shows on television now, someone would come out with a Fashion News Channel. It could be used not only for fashion info, but also to pay tribute to those in the industry icons who have passed.

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

    My prayers are with his friends & family during this difficult time.

  107. CountyMuseum

    February 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Feeling hurt and angry, and confused.

    But mostly sad about losing a sensitive,creative soul that gave so much to those of us who love and live for Art.

  108. Lisa Petrarca

    February 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm


    Here is a link you might be interested in that did a write up about his life & shows a video.

  109. SRIVARA

    February 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    lee mcqueen RIP fashion genius

  110. Prutha

    February 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    i was still under disbelief that michael jackson was no longer with us and now lee…. whats going on? its seems like all the ppl i feel r major influences in my life are being taken away from me…. i just dont get it.. y?

  111. Ana T.

    February 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    People cannot make sense of a death like his because they cannot understand the art he brought to the world. To most people fashion is not considered art yet. Fools. I heard about it on the radio this morning and was so sad all day long. He was indeed a brilliant mind.

  112. HC

    February 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I have been in shock since I heard and i still am in shock now.

    Such a huge loss of such an incredible man. Fashion was his art and he was brilliant at it and so his memory will live on because of his art and inspire many generations to come I am sure of, as he has inspired me.

    My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

    This truly sucks.

  113. Yamila

    February 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Alexander McQueen!!!! I'll miss him! I'm still in shock .

  114. Christina Song

    February 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    rip mcqueen

  115. ERIX

    February 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    He is genious and talented. So shock to hear the news this morning!
    ….its sad…

  116. TheMinx

    February 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    although you say that you're unsatisfied with what you've written, your words are the most appropriate and eloquent that I've read. You have perfectly encompassed how I, and I'm sure many others, are feeling right now. It is truly a tragedy.

  117. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    big loss… talent like him….
    im still in shock, hope his family n friends are well…

  118. Cytherea

    February 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    is true, the thing is that no one was expecting this, i guess thats why there are no words, only that we all know how much of an artist he was and how missed he will be.

  119. PunkiMeowMeow

    February 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Well said. It does suck big time!
    I remember seeing him at The British Invasion Part II party that Saks held in the mid 90's. It was the time when McQueen, Philip Treacy, Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan and other British designers were taking the fashion world by storm. It was a great time. Alas, I didn't get to personally meet him personally. RIP (Lee) Alexander McQueen.

  120. Dino

    February 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    stuck with grief; it's too much to take.. I feel the same in the sense that I hope to meet him one day.

    an inspiration; his work marked his place as genius.

    McQueen, you will be missed.

  121. Natashia

    February 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    it does suck..
    ive always wanted to own something of his, but now i feel if i do go buy something it's only going to be because he died, as opposed to genuinely liking his work.

  122. Marjorie's Closet

    February 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I completly agree with your statement =(

  123. Anja Z

    February 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you Scott for a thoughtful memorium. I was looking for places to turn to for some sense and tribute and I knew that I would find it here.

    The world has lost an invigorating perspective, a provocative voice, a raw talent. Hopefully, people will only find more ways to celebrate Mr. McQueen's life and work in the coming days.

  124. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    this is the saddest news

  125. AnonymousJK

    February 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I hope in death he finds the peace that he couldn't find in life! No one knows why these things happen, but they do. We grieve the loss of a genius however; the genius grieved many things and made the ultimate decision to end that grieving. Be happy that he lived and was able to inspire so many, and be happy that he too is happy now…

  126. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I'm still in shock.I cannot find the words right now.

  127. Frida

    February 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I wept…

  128. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I'm still in shock.I cannot find the words right now.

  129. Maija

    February 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    He was one my first, big, fashion inspiratiors. I started watching runway shows at the age of 12, during the nineties. One of the most influential shows I've seen to this day was by him, the one were the wedding dress was sprayed on in the end of the show.

    He was a man of great words as well as of great art in fashion.

    I wonder, if his greatest inspiration, or a muse, was his mother.


  130. maureen

    February 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    An exciting and beautiful artist. We needed him. We couldn't spare him. I'm mad too.

  131. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Tim Blanks has a well written piece on Not quite fulfilling, but well said.

  132. Paolo Lopez

    February 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I can't believe this is happening. I will terribly miss him. What a great loss in fashion. Condolence to his family. Beautiful person. We will miss you Lee.

  133. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I almost didn't believe the news when I saw it. I'm saddened like the rest of the fashion world. It felt like just yesterday that I admired his spring/summer 2010 show. He always managed to break the barriers of conventionality.

    I feel as if today is a devastating day for the fashion world, but for everyone else, today is just any other day. It's strange.

    RIP McQueen. The world misses you.

  134. parisgirl

    February 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    how very, very sad and tragic. bless you,lee. RIP.

  135. Pat G

    February 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I am a staight 65 year old male who has always been fashion conscious. Hey. I lean mostly to Ralph Lauren because I am sort of a traditional type. At at point in history I became hooked on Perry Ellis clothes, he was exceptionally good at skirting the line between preppy and edgy (at the time). I never read fashion magazines or followed the news of the day regarding stye etc. This was all of course before the inrternet and easy access to fashion browsing. I knew Perry from the actual stores that sold his stuff. At the time I lived in San Francisco so I knew many young men who passed too early. When I saw in the paper that Perry Ellis has died I was stunned and obviously greatly saddened. I was kind of surprised by my own reaction since I did not personally know him and I had been to enough memorials to be somewhat unshockable. After some time passed I came to understand how much Perry had meant to my day to day life. Picking trousers in the morning, what sweater to wear to dinner, the Perry Ellis suit I wore to my oldest son's baptism. He had crept into my life and I missed him, I still do. So I suspect Mr. McQueen has done the same for many of you. My advice, wear his clothes and respect them. God bless his soul.

  136. Mimi

    February 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    He was a fashion genius, someone whose creations I looked forward to seeing each season. I miss him already. R.I.P.

  137. Heather

    February 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    suicide always sucks. His pain now resonates in our hearts… a deeply sad note at the end of a lovely song. May he have found peace.

  138. Candy9985

    February 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    This news was so sudden and to think that it may have been suicide is even more shocking I am so upset by this news and disturbed that a person like him felt so alone or depressed that he would end his life. where was his family and friends ?Did anyone reach out to him? Why?To many questions and no answers.

  139. nicole northfield

    February 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    His death is regretted.

    Wish all of his creations and passion of Fashion will be forever.

  140. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you, you're right. This sucks!

  141. Jody

    February 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I woke up to this news and was surprised to find that I was really upset about it. I'm not usually the type of person to subscribe to the kind of mass-grieving that has been so trendy in recent times.

    Like you, I also had a kind of crazy idea that I would meet McQueen one day. It's just so disheartening that a visionary and an artist like himself is now gone forever – especially when he still had such a promising, pregnant future.

    Besides The Sartorialist, my other favorite photos and discourses on fashion have always largely involved McQueen's work.

    I can't seem to say what I really want to say. I don't think that I'm grieving his death on a personal, familiar level, but to lose someone so important to something I'm very passionate about is really very sad. The apparent circumstances surrounding his death only add to the feeling.

    It's strange but as I got around to doing my morning routines, I sort of wished that I could have been there to maybe say something or do something for him… Eh. It's just sad.

    Thanks for the post, sir.

  142. suzi

    February 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    so very true. weeks of tiger wood and john edward infidelities…but only ticker tape for alexander.
    i love your line…..saville row training, runway dreaming. it makes me smile.

  143. Martini

    February 11, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    His passing has gotten little news, time, I agree. It's sad really. I've always loved his shows. His collections have always pushed me to be wilder, to think differently and to rebel every day in the most subtle ways.

  144. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    unbelievable. the inertia of his creativity will carry on for a long time to come and will be seen and felt not just in fashion but in art and culture.
    truly one of the greatest minds in fashion.

  145. prettykittypublishing

    February 12, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Scott,

    I feel you on the comment relative to a need for perspective on the loss of one of the great ones of the fashion world.

    Maybe we can take comfort in knowing that we have shared a bit of our time with McQueen, may he rest in peace.

    And now we may continue his legacy. Rock on, rock on, rock on, rock on!

  146. kayang

    February 12, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Alexander McQueen was an astonishing artist. Of course, I didn't know him personally; it almost feels silly to have such a reaction over the death of someone you didn't know… But what I can say is that I am deeply saddened of the idea that his ingenius creativity ceases to exist. I always looked forward to his latest collections.

    My heart goes out to his family, friends, and anyone else who was inspired by what he did. He was flawless at his craft, and he will be missed.

  147. J.

    February 12, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Feels like a dream. An uncomfortable one you can't quite get out of or control. It's an odd night for all of us…

    Long live McQueen.

  148. Alicia

    February 12, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I've followed your blog for over a year, and have never left a comment. Very saddened by the news today, and you have put it very eloquently. You are right on in your thoughts, as are your lovely readers. May he be at peace. Such a tragic loss….

  149. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 12:18 am

    when I was 10 I made a list of 'things I want to do before I die'. One of them was meeting Alexander mcQueen.

    No idea what I'm going to fill in now.
    Anna Wintour?

    Hell no,
    McQueen is a genius.

  150. Donna Camacho

    February 12, 2010 at 12:19 am

    This is truly tragic, he was so talented and creative.

    R.I.P McQueen.

  151. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 12:27 am

    When I saw the news online, I started to cry. I surprised myself at having such emotion and yet he was a definite inspiration to me.

  152. Black Devil

    February 12, 2010 at 12:28 am


  153. lala

    February 12, 2010 at 12:31 am

    That was really sad! Fashion lost one of its all time genious, one of the most inovator fashion designers. I´m sure people who love fashion will remember him.. Unfortunantly the rest probably forget it, or even not even know about that. =(
    RIP Mcqueen

  154. older

    February 12, 2010 at 12:31 am

    wow. well put. im just maddened at the mass media's response, or lack there of, to this.

    again, well said sart. thank you.

    r.i.p alexander mcqueen. today he lost his life, and for everyone else, we lost a visionary.

  155. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 12:48 am

    rip Alexander McQueen
    prayers go out to the family

  156. Oonagh

    February 12, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Tragic, What a loss. I feel for his family.

  157. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Mcqueen has done a lot, his design is an unimaginable creation that nobody would ever get to recreate ,even myself dreaming pursuing my career as a fashion designer one day, I know that somehow I wouldn't be able to do what he has done. Sadly, he took away his life. In my country, the news were heard on the radio and everywhere. RIP Mcqueen.

  158. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I am sad, lost, perplexed and (embarrassingly so) a bit devastated for the loss of someone, whom I did not know, but who none the less, still managed to to have a huge impact on my life.

    I was simply in awe of Alexander McQueen. His collections are confections that were audacious, cerebral, provoking and mesmerizing, that were first and foremost, glamorously and uniquely his own. I remember when he came on the scene in the early 90's and EVERYONE sat up and took notice. He really was someone who moved the entire industry forward, keeping it alive, electric and constantly questioning and questing.

    You had to marvel at his way of never letting a message be more important that it's medium. His clothes were irreverent but impeccably tailored, and you could always discern the pitch perfect counterbalance where classic roots met high flying artistry. Each season, I never failed to itch as time grew near to see what new vision he would lay before us, and the conversations and controversies it would inspire.

    I know he had a some what tumultuous personal life, especially with his mother dying February 2nd – which I know had more to do with his suicide than not, but I completely admire, and actually, am beholden to him for living the life of a complicated, artistic, openly gay man, out and proud with out any apologies.

  159. SteveO6290

    February 12, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I feel you Scott…today I felt like one of the only ppl in my circle of friends who really was saddened by this…it sucks so much..I just wish I could have hugged him and protected him from this

  160. Key

    February 12, 2010 at 12:59 am

    i never met him,of course, i´m from a little city in mexico all out of fashion and right now i want to call someone and say what is happening…but i´m pretty sure they won´t get it… who he was, what he means…
    that´s what i read you blog first today.
    i feel what you wrote. ´All I know is this sucks´.

  161. Nelson

    February 12, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Your post rings so true, I never met Alexander McQueen personally, but I have worked with people in his circle. I have also lost several friends to suicide. It is unfortunate that many people only see the surface of these creative giants and forget that there is a human being behind the professional facade. His grief must have been overwhelming, there are times when even the closest of friends can't console that kind of grief.

    His passing is a loss for all of us, I wish he had sought out counseling. I hope anyone out there who finds themselves in such dark places seek help, because as contrived as it sounds, we must all strive for a brighter tomorrow.

  162. pilcuis

    February 12, 2010 at 1:26 am

    a tragedy for us, all fashion people :(

  163. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Just because his death hasn't appeared on US network news doesn't mean he's been ignored.

    In the UK he's on most front pages, from tabloid to broadsheet, and mourned as a genius. Alexander McQueen was a much-loved part of our national fabric and rightly famed around the world.

    It's perhaps a shame that US TV didn't rate him. But I really don't think he'd care, either.

  164. Granny Panty

    February 12, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I am just so sad. What a tragic loss.

  165. sadie

    February 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

    You should take photo's and not articulate-you are very bad at it. Some one has killed themselves and YOU give yourself cause to complain???

    Get real.

  166. Barrett Holmes Pitner

    February 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I think for those who excel in an artistic medium words quickly become stifling. Artists elevate people to beyond words. They evoke powerful emotions. They bring about emotions that are above words. Alexander McQueen was one of those artists. I think it is fitting that people can't find the words to express their emotions. That is what being an artist is all about.

  167. Breathless

    February 12, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Shocked and sad. He will be missed.

  168. pianosa

    February 12, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Other people have posted comments about crying when they heard.

    I didn't cry until I read through each of the 137 comments before me, each paying their respects, each sharing their grief and actively remembering a man who did amazing things. It was the passion of the remembrances that got to me, the force of all these anonymous internet faces/names gathering with one voice to mourn.

    There may be nowhere to turn, but look how many people are here, grieving his death and honoring his memory. It is enough to give me, at least, some hope.

  169. marii

    February 12, 2010 at 2:27 am

    I'm so sad…I still cannot beleive it..

  170. ricola

    February 12, 2010 at 2:39 am

    it sucks indeed. I laid some roses at the 14th street store front, but left wnen some fashion students made it into some sort of odd photo op. this man changed how I think, constantly.

  171. alexandra holly

    February 12, 2010 at 2:41 am

    what a terrible tradgedy. i feel truly shaken by this and feel that the fashion industry has lost one of its greatest minds. there will be a huge gap left where his designs and ingenuity have been in the past. i hope he's in a better place now. RIP

  172. Dancing Branflake

    February 12, 2010 at 2:47 am

    He forced me into fashion. How could I not fall in love? How could I not draw upon his inspiration and perfect creations?

  173. Diane

    February 12, 2010 at 2:48 am

    RIP Alexander McQueen, I posted something related this morning…But I think you're right, it's so not enough…

    I guess it will never be enough…


  174. Vas

    February 12, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I feel bereft and that the world is a sadder place without his creativity and genius.I also feel sad because my one dream was to sit front and centre at one of his parades (or even right at the back for that matter). I too thought I had time. His mastery and vision, his rebellion and darkness and his sheer audacity will be sorely missed in a world that needs its boundaries pushed beyond mediocrity. Vale Lee. I hope that the peace you sought is now available to you.

  175. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Hello Sart,
    Perhaps you should publish a photo of his work: I was in love with the butterfly Head, something that helps, really, to live…

  176. Magsli

    February 12, 2010 at 3:22 am

    This is beyond heartbreaking. What an absolute star he was. The word genius gets bandied about so casually these days but Alexander McQueen deserved that label. He was a genius. The world has lost an icon. God Bless him and I hope he's at peace now. RIP AmcQ x

  177. Stacey

    February 12, 2010 at 3:24 am

    This really is a tragedy for the fashion industry, and of course Lee's friends and family. It is hard to believe that he will not be a part of the future of British fashion

  178. sslunickoo

    February 12, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Yep, I agree it is really sad. Even the fact, that they only wrote in my country, that he died and was a designer. No one mentioned, how great he was, I love his designs, was trying to draw by myself…And also always thought when I will grow…when I will be this big girl, I will be wearing his designs.Never gonna happen I hope he is in good place now…

  179. F (The Very Subjective)

    February 12, 2010 at 3:48 am

    yes it does. suck.

  180. Polly

    February 12, 2010 at 3:58 am

    MQueen probably was really lonely and unsatisfied inside.

    Maybe reading the poem by Mary Oliver "The journey" will help. The only life you can save is your own.

    Take care


  181. Hot

    February 12, 2010 at 3:59 am

    he will always be remebered

  182. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Major loss in the fashion world, his vision is incredible and can never been replaced, I will miss him and his talents.

    Long live Lee McQueen!



  183. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 4:06 am

    a genious, artist and icon has left us. it's just so sad :(

  184. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 4:10 am

    yr comments are spot on. i too searched for someone who could put into words the loss i was feeling. this really is too horrible. i just keep thinking why? such a waste, such a beautiful character, such wonderful talent and now hes gone. its more than sad…..

  185. Fashionvixen

    February 12, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Shocking and unbelievable. My hart goes out to those near to him.

  186. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 4:24 am

    RIP McQueen. He will be missed.

  187. clogg20

    February 12, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Tragic loss to fashion, art and those who were close to him. My thoughts are with those who are feeling the loss of the man, not just the legend.

  188. Miguel Ferrer

    February 12, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Actually a genius. I'm in shock. Viva McQueen, Viva el "Infant Terrible"

  189. RedeemArt

    February 12, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Big fan of you, as well a Mcqueen. You have done some job from the ground up in this fashion biz. Thanks for all you've done.

  190. AnAzevedo

    February 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

    I liked him so much!

  191. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Thank you, Sart. I knew I could turn to you to put words to what I've been feeling since the news hit me. My mom told me and left me stunned. For what its worth, it was in the news, albeit briefly, in Spain.

    Lee, may you rest in peace.

  192. Jasmin

    February 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

    at the top of his game, always was, self-doubt? he must have had it – so devastated that someone with his genius chose to do this, RIP McQueen I could never afford you but I loved you just the same, you renegade rascale – peace xxxxxx

  193. ΕΦ

    February 12, 2010 at 5:20 am

    It's so sad that his art uniqueness didn't give him a hand out of the sorrow for his mother's death. He will leave an empty space in fashion but he will definately be next to YSL in the stardom of designers. RIP Alexander McQueen. You will always be in our hearts and in our inspiration. Thank you for what you gave us.

  194. Maria Ana

    February 12, 2010 at 5:20 am

    When I posted this news on my blog I couldn'r write anything, two words and a photo. Too sad.

  195. Christopher Andrews

    February 12, 2010 at 5:22 am

    To to leave a proper comment on here about how I feel about the death of Mr.McQueen would be cut by a tenth, due to character limitations. It's all just incredibly sad. He always seemed fragile, even hiding behind the tough imagine, his work spoke to this. It is sad that he was in such pain, if the stories of suicide are true. Yes, it is sad for us who love fashion and most of all love his ideas about beauty.In his way he changed the world, the fashion world before McQueen and after. His world was dark, romantic and for him, real. There will never be another.

  196. Blackmarket Boo

    February 12, 2010 at 5:25 am

  197. Nick

    February 12, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I cant believe it either, and you're right there is noone to make sense of it.
    Also its so different working in an industry where everyone inspires each other and innovation feed innovation. Dont think this is reflected outside of the creative industries and for those working outside of this bizarre and wonderful world its difficult to comprehend what a huge loss this is.

    RIP Lee, I hope you are at peace.

  198. AnastasiaC

    February 12, 2010 at 5:33 am

    im still in shock too …i was following his tweets, his mother passed away last week and he seemed down but hopeful…what a tragedy…he was a creative genius and an inspiration to SO many!

  199. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Very said. He was great artist in in this century.

    RIP. Lee MacQueen

  200. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 5:53 am

    The English press has some very good articles today Friday 12th about the contribution to fashion and personality of Alexander McQueen plus video tributes. Check out and
    How sad that someone so talented should feel so desperate about life. RIP.

  201. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I had the privilege of meeting and speaking to Lee McQueen once or twice. He was just beautiful; sweet, gentle and down-to-earth. He was so approachable and took time out be to nice to you, whoever you were. It's just so devastating to think someone like that could be driven to do what he did.

    The world hasn't just lost a fashion genius, but a beautiful human being.

  202. GAJA

    February 12, 2010 at 5:57 am

    He went up to dress them in clouds.

  203. Frank

    February 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Lee sad..

  204. Fernanda

    February 12, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I'm so sad about it.

  205. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 6:46 am

    As a Parisian girl of 34 who loves fashion but who is also a working mother, Lee's work was what I was saving for, my next committed designer purchase, important in an emotional sense.
    Like you who unvonlutaringly delayed meeting him, I felt I had time.
    So I'll do it soon now, and it is going to be a true encounter with a talented person's universe, dead or alive is not the matter.
    I was always attracted to the way a McQueen garment takes you by the hand into unexplored avant-garde, but with true modern "féminité" that conforts you into taking the journey.
    Hommages will come, elaborate and to the level of Lee's talent, you'll see. The shock was just too big to react sooner.

  206. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Suddenly silence, everything is gone, when will I see the light. Surely the loss of his muse Ms. Blow and his mother were too much gone from the unseen keel of the boat which keeps us upright as we creatlvely explore the world as artists. We wanderers not only have our muses but have the well the unchanging fountain, home base, the nest

  207. Stela Roibás

    February 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

    He is in the "Fashion History". No one can steal this right

  208. WillStyle

    February 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Depression is uber real

  209. Public Mentor

    February 12, 2010 at 6:57 am

    " McQueen was one of those people I felt I had time to meet. I almost wanted to save him for later." I know the feeling.

    I'm sorry to hear about his death.

  210. ANA

    February 12, 2010 at 7:01 am


  211. Priscilla Joy

    February 12, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Losing such a talent is never comprehensible.
    At a certain point, the people who knew him personally, will only remember the gestures of happiness at the sight of one of his own creations. For in the end, it is the passion of creativity that will continue to shine.

  212. Shaz

    February 12, 2010 at 7:12 am

    i still can't believe it, extremely sad.

  213. sherene

    February 12, 2010 at 7:22 am

    It's so sad! I personally don't understand and I no many feel the same way. Just like many, I never had the chance to meet him, but I thought eventually I would. I can't believe what has happened to a great legend. He will be missed dearly. Fashion week will not be the same this year! xxx

  214. indigo16

    February 12, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I am too so sad that someone so talented must have felt so alone, an all too common thread amongst those with genius.
    I was heartened that The Guardian not only gave him a front page header but devoted pages 2 & 3 to him as well, it was no less than his talent and influence deserved.

  215. Ste

    February 12, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Scott…I agree.
    Unfortunately fashion is stiil considered a frivolous art.
    I was astonished yesterday when I watched the news on TV. Yesterday, on Euronews (European channel!), the news of the death of Alexander Mc Queen was given after the new images of September eleven taken from an helicopter…..Such a news!
    Anyway, first page today on the FT.

  216. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thank you so much for your words and for this space…this loss is so hard to put in context and truly is felt most keenly in a small but far-flung community. Gathering, even electronically, helps.

  217. Jen Spinner

    February 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

    It is so achingly sad when such a genius leaves this world. If indeed he took his own life, perhaps this will raise awareness about the pain we all go through and the different measures we might all take than the route he reportedly chose. I hope he is peaceful, now.

  218. Sundari

    February 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    It is extremely sad and troubling to think that it is the real thing and it can't be undone.

  219. Zero

    February 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

    i can't believe it yet, this kind of events are hard to process. Specially such an inspiring being, such a creator, such a creative mind… His spirit will remain within us all.

  220. Anna

    February 12, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for the "p.s" comment. I needed to see that someone shares my frustration right now, that other people feel a strong sense of loss. That someone cares more about the loss of a great artist rather than gossiping about the tragedy.

  221. Ms Baroque

    February 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

    You're so right. I tried to make sense of it – what else can you do.

  222. designer-at-large

    February 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

    In lieu of the perfect words (which may never capture the vivifying essence of McQueen), how about posting a sartorial photographic homage? After all, some feelings can only be expressed through clothes.

  223. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

    i'm absolutly gutted the man was not only a great desinger he was an artist, a creative genius and also a great embasstor for england. i am also a little aggrieved on how little prees coveage his death recieved even over here in th uk.

  224. ingefaer

    February 12, 2010 at 8:36 am

    He was hugely talented and intelligent but also very fragile I think. It's a real shame and so, so sad.

  225. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

    He made me love the craft of fashion. Lykke til i neste liv alexander

  226. Sarah

    February 12, 2010 at 8:42 am

    RIP Lee Alexander McQueen </3 :(

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    February 12, 2010 at 8:47 am


  228. MariaElena

    February 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I feel the same way as you, Mr. Schuman. I'm devastated by his unexpected death but there is noone who will understand me (apart from my best friend). So sad. Can't believe he's gone.

  229. ML

    February 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

    His passing leaves me with a void. I used to look forward to his every show ever since I developed an interest in fashion. I realise I took his creative input for granted. It is saddening to see that once again, the old stereotype of the "tortured artist" is proven right. One of my dreams has always been to own and wear one of his creations –I hope to achieve it one day.

  230. Daoud

    February 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I really can't believe that the one I felt most about in fashion is dead. The one person who was creative and had a great taste of style is dead. The one person I really loved to see in real life is dead. I don't understand that. Why? I don't know. But I believe that McQueen is looking down from heaven and sees how many great people there are. Rest In Peace our true creator, dreamer, talent, Alexander McQueen!

  231. LostinArles

    February 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I am especially grateful for this blog today as I knew it woud be the one place where I could express my grief at this profound loss and connect with others around the world feeling the same. As always, thank you Sart.

    I have been watching the videos of his shows today and I think one thing that deserves mentioning is that he remained true to his unique vision even in the midst of a "Tom Ford takes the world" and "fashion as an empire" mentality that we have been subjugated to over the past decade.

    After this terrible sadness begins to lessen, the work will remain. The beauty he created will live on and on and on..

  232. patrick

    February 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Alexander McQueen – A loss of more than talent.

    How I feel personally about the loss of fashion's brightest star.

  233. Anne

    February 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    This is another example of how a person–famous or not–can have everything and feel like he has nothing or is nothing. Not that this is anyone's fault, but what saddens me most is that I guess he didn't cry out loud enough for help. This is a reminder for me to be more sensitive to the hurting people around me.

  234. Momo

    February 12, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I couldn't stop crying, when I found out about this yesterday. I still am…He was the first designer that really made me understand that fashion really is an art, not barbie doll clothes.

    RIP, AM

  235. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    God(if there is one) save McQueen,its what the newspapers are saying in Paris this morning.
    I wish i was God so i could actually save him.R.I.P AMQ it wasnt your time yet.

  236. [email protected]

    February 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I agree with you on the last paragraph. It took Yahoo half day to put his news on its "feature story."

  237. RB

    February 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

    He was a great innovator who happened to choose fashion as the medium for expressing the huge range of his invention.

    Things are going to get boring till a similar talent and spirit shows up.

  238. Angeles Almuna Design

    February 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I'm devastated…he was a genius and a real artist, his drama in his designs were superb, I hope he finds this peace and tranquility…
    It's a sad time…

  239. Stephanie

    February 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Devastated. That is the only word that springs to mind.

  240. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I thought his work was jaw-droppingly brilliant. I'm not in the fashion industry, but could see from afar how utterly stunning his collections were. He reinvented form on the human shape. His collection from last autumn was devastating in its beauty. Only a small part of the world is aware of it, but a remarkable artist (revolutionary?) was lost yesterday. He will be missed. I will miss seeing what he would have dreamt up next.

  241. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 10:13 am

    His gone just like his design, all shocked everyone. R.I.P Alexander Mcqueen.

  242. the style crusader

    February 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

    i completely agree. words seem to fall so short, and you are just left feeling like there should be something else or something more to say. it is a tragic loss. there is a beautiful tribute to him on:

    with photos taken at his london shop this morning. is very moving and feels very appropriate.

  243. bird

    February 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

    energy is never created, it is also never destroyed. but today we lost one of the brightest and inspired artists the world has seen. a true visionary. a sad, sad loss indeed… i always looked forward to his shows the most. a unique eye, a unique life. too short… nothing is chance, but we all have the power to choose. i cannot imagine the devastation of losing a close loved-one, much less a parent. i hope he's found peace, however temporary… until the next plunge… he will be missed, but never forgotten.

  244. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

    We have lost our King and with him the only chance of redemption.
    We are in a world where art is a delusion fraught with the pandering and greed for celebrity. In an industry where originality has become the rarest of birds, many have fallen prey to their own egos, salaciously regurgitating homogenous collection after collection. We weep for him, we weep for the collections that could have been, we weep for our own shame in the continuing roles we play towards the demise of fashion.
    His was truly an art, he was exquisitely an artist and we looked up to him to redeem us from it all.

  245. Chenee

    February 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I wrote a poem to him – It breaks my heart. – Chenee Daley.

    Ode to McQueen – haud muto factum

    I pick at pieces of you today.
    They are bizarre but too familiar
    As I scan through chapters of indebted inspiration.
    I realize where I will have to leave off.
    Hault C.

    No more helpful lounges before us.
    The world will have to make do with what it had been given
    The clairvoyant has jumped off this ship
    The future is left to be moulded by some other creative mind

    Tainting ourselves with denial
    We want to believe that legendary is inexhaustible.

    After months of having no emotion
    Nothing to say / about anything.
    The words find me.
    Sans striking metaphors.

    Selfishness chokes the moments I should have been grateful
    for the breaths
    for life usurped out of the bland
    for the moments my heart raced at your passion
    for the glances that reminded me of my own
    for the courage to be a stranger among known men.

    Soft and fragile, easy to break
    Even though we thought you to be indefatigable
    A one eyed king among the blind
    March 16/ we shared the same birthday.

    I weep for you…

    I shed salty tears in respect for your blows.
    Isabella knew how hard it was ..
    For one to find homeage in a world of their own influence.
    I can only imagine how hard it was for you

    An bailitheoir cnámh
    The last bones were strong bones.
    Strong enough to break themselves
    But not strong enough to mend.

    On this day the cynics show their colours
    But what you meant cannot truly be measured.


    our hearts will let go of now,but you are never forgotten

    The world will always remember.

    RIP. Lee McQueen

  246. Andre Gorr

    February 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

    i'm sad, honestly…
    and… i could understand his action in desperation…but I NEVER can understand where were the people around HIM – family, friends, colleagues, associates, ANYBODY, who was in contact with him, – when He NEEDED them (or ONE TRUE SOUL to support him) that much?????
    cruel world…

  247. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

    As the Irish simply and starkly say: I'm sorry for your loss.

  248. Simone Pires

    February 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Well, at first forgive my bad english…
    I believe that Alexander was tired and a part of us is tired sometimes..but he has courage to say: enough…thats all..what matters if was suicide or not, lets remember his work, his shine…..

    Simone Pires, a fan from Brazil

  249. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Still in shock…from Lisbon, Portugal.

  250. kukla

    February 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I wish, as he was walking with his friends, smb. could see, smb. could tell. No one can undo it now. He chose. Your work is done. He was brilliant!!! :(—

  251. Kathleen

    February 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I will be honest. I had to do some reading and look at a lot of photographs before I leave my respects for the late master of art and fashion. I see him as purely haunte couture and for me its more difficult to cross over the line and interpret what he did into everyday life or somehow to make it a part of my look. This does not mean I don't appreciate what he has done for the fashion industry, nor does his time on this planet loose any importance for me. He was other worldly in his design, more art than fashion? I'm not sure how to word this. Perhaps, he could have been an incredible artist like Pollack or Warhol. Yes, this is it. I read in the news this morning that he had died, and that he had taken his own life. Not too much more, this is sad. He needs to be recognized for his contribution to our lives and the beauty he set upon us. He is an incredible loss.

  252. Cheryl Lynn

    February 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of such a talent to the world of fashion and art. An inspiration to many to numerous to count, McQueen is sure to be missed but never forgotten in the anals of fashion.

  253. eleonora

    February 12, 2010 at 11:28 am

    we always remember you, Alexander Mc Queen.

  254. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 11:30 am


  255. Jane

    February 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I'm amazed how many of us feel the same about what's happened. Shock, sadness, anger and alone. So happy he existed and created, so sad we don't get to grow old with his designs suprising us every season.

    All I've been doing is pining over photos of his work. Wouldn't it be amazing if there was an exhibition of his work, where we, the public, could witness his creations in real life? and watch films of the shows. Does anyone know of a way to watch films his shows?

    Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

  256. najee

    February 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

  257. Valquíria Luna

    February 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    We lost a genius and it's sad to see how many people give no attention to it, but it's also comforting seeing there'are people who will always admire his work and respect him for who he was. A man who made huge contribution, through fashion, to art. And that's how we all should remind him.

  258. Sonja Blackham

    February 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    It is so sad to lose one of the only true artists left in fashion! May he rest in peace.

  259. Serg Riva

    February 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm


  260. FashionAddik

    February 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I am very sad… He was my FAVORITE designer…I agree with you about feeling unsatisfied and mad. I ran out to get the New York Times this morning thinking it would be a huge spread but I was very disappointed. :-/ He was so talented beyond his years. He took chances in fashion and I loved that quality about him.

    RIP Lee McQueen

  261. Δ

    February 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    there is just a hole without him.
    he wasn't just a designer, he was an inventer of this specific beauty to marvel at.

  262. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    It's nice to read all these tributes but the truth of the matter is; the fashion world doesn't take care of its people. If you want more noise from the media, let your love shout loud.

  263. isadora

    February 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    at least everybody who loves fashion feel the same way as you, so it makes things a little less painful. i don't think general people know how much teir lives are going to be different and surely more boring without mcqueen.

  264. i.c. blogspot

    February 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Truly devastating and a tragic loss.

    Alexander McQueen was like no other designer. He was a true artist who conceptualized his art through the medium of clothing. His designs were thought provoking and emotional.

    Your comments are true! Lee Alexander McQueen is an iconic designer who made a positive impact and influence on fashion. He will be sadly missed and cherished by those who adored him as an artist, designer, and those who were lucky enough to know him personally.

    Rest Peacefully.

  265. Ana Clara Garmendia

    February 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    RIP McQueen!

  266. Chermayne Shenli

    February 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    it does suck : (

  267. Catherine

    February 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    So happy to have this space to grieve for the amazing artist Alexander McQueen, I posted an RIP on facebook and a couple of friends noticed and chimed in too…what a wild sense of well, reality he had! His fashion went into commentary, even in this last collection they are showing in the obits. on him you can see how he pushes our perspectives to reevaluate the garment, the mannequin/model and all so beautifully; drawing us in. He works well on the printed page and in video, I'm so sorry I never got to see any of his clothes on a runway in person.

  268. Gin

    February 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    i, for one, will always remember

  269. GAJA

    February 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    He went up there to make dresses from clouds.

  270. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    The death of Lee is big news in the U.K. There have been some great tributes to him in the press. He was a unique talent, one that doesn't come along often. He was also a romantic and sensitive man. He will be greatly missed.

  271. s0fa

    February 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I feel your exact sentiment. There really is no spokesperson that can ease our minds or help us remember McQueen with praise and respect.
    I live in the states and I learned of his death from BBC's online daily update. I didn't want to believe it, I had to stop and realize what I had just heard. For anyone outside the fashion world, they don't and won't understand, they probably don't even know who he is. But for us, this is more than a loss, it's a tragedy. Ever since his claim to fame with rainbow scheme dresses and romantic gowns, he has been, in my eyes, one of the most innovative and inspiring fashion artists of our time. He was and always will be one of the greats

  272. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    True Visionary. Amazing that through his pain, he created such beauty (gothic beauty). What a gift! What a loss. We miss you. Tear in my heart.

  273. Crosscurrents

    February 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    i'm completely devastated. i met Mr. McQueen on the street while living in Paris. It was the most incredible moment for me, maybe not so much for him. But, he's my favorite designer and he touch my world however brief it was, this sustained a lifetime for me. He will be missed.

  274. Sarah

    February 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I am still in shock, and I can't put it into words. This is a awful loss to the fashion world. He will truly be missed.

  275. élan

    February 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    How can anyone say anything to make up for the loss that this is to the industry. He was such an artist and a craftsmen, and one of the last ones in the industry.
    It makes me very mad, upset and scared for the state of the industry now.

  276. Miz.November

    February 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I feel the same way. Sort of like the ends have not been met on this one. I keep thinking about all the hoopla that celebrity deaths get (think Michael Jackson). But someone who actually contributed such beauty and imagination to the world gets a simple mention and a nod. Nothing more. A very lonely way to go and a very lonely farewell.

  277. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    He is the only artist whose work has brought me to tears. I'm just tired of hearing bad news.

  278. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Thank You, Scott. You summed up everything I was feeling but couldn't express with words.

    RIP Alexander McQueen. You will always be an inspiration.

  279. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    i so agree with you scott – it feels empty reaching out through blogs and social networking sites to feel some sense of group mourning and focus for this loss. although im just a fan like so many others i want his passing to be recognized and this tragedy marked.

  280. bastian

    February 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Yes it sucks. You are right. It always sucks when someone decides to leave, whether he is famous or not.

    He was an amazing artist. It is now the duty of those who admired him to keep his work in the heads of the world. People should start with it now and continue throughout the years,,,

  281. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    RIP he was amazing.. in tribute here's to fashion week

  282. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    my thought's exactly … lets hope he's with his mother now, but the world wont be the same with out mcqueen.

  283. coolvisionaire

    February 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    A pray for Alexander McQueen
    Lee, your art will trascend any trend.
    Miss you.

  284. Christina

    February 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I understand your feeling of emptiness and like something more should be said or done…but really it's how you remember him and his work and the legacy that will live on. Thank you for being so real with your readers. We all appreciate it.

  285. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am a huge fan of this genious designer. I love his fashion and won't forget the interesting intensions he has had in his shows. He was an artist- and that's what makes him different from other designers. I will miss the new way to see clothes not only as clothes, that make people but more as clothes that are able to express a certain timeful artificial meaning. I will always continue being a fan of this man. It is sad that the fashion and art area lost someone like him.

    Yours sincerely

    [email protected]

  286. j4ckb1ng

    February 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I, too, was stunned as are everyone who posts to this blog to read yesterday of McQueen's death. And you are right, Sartorialist, the online media coverage has been largely empty, predictable and forgettable. Yet, you yourself are no more eloquent by summing up a talented young man's suicide as "it sucks."

  287. sara

    February 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I'm so shocked, i can't believe that…he was a great designer and i'm sure he will be missed. Rest in peace Mr. McQueen

  288. Miss Jane

    February 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Mr Sart. I guess we all have choices in life and so too in death. I have to respect his choice even tho it makes me very sad. He was a supreme talent. xxx

  289. Rob

    February 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    How sad it is that this creative genius felt the need to leave us. Sadder still is the anguish this man must have felt at the end of his life. He was able to provide joy to so many people. Something he felt was simply out of reach for himself. No one should feel this way. Unfortunately too many of us do.

  290. Donnie Gayfield

    February 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I have two of his shirt that attest to his absolute brilliance.

  291. Le 21ème

    February 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm

  292. Mailee ♥

    February 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Lee McQueen inspired me to be a fashion designer. I dreamt about interning with him, meeting him, going to see his shows live…

    It's really hard to come to terms with. He was my idol. He brought the artistry back to a commercial art. He will be missed, and remembered.

  293. YYZ

    February 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    When I told a friend of mine about it (he's not really interested in fashion, but listened anyway because he could tell how upset I was/am), he said something that I keep returning to. He said, "Well, now he's free."

    Somehow, that helps me a bit.

  294. simplyolive

    February 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    just a follow up to your follow up:
    i work at a major retail clothing store, and not 1 person brought up this tragedy….???? (it left me quite puzzled.)
    i spent a few hours online last night reading all i could find on the subject…
    i'm still in shock.
    he was my favorite.
    i SO looked forward to his collections each season…
    and as you said, it just sucks!!

  295. Susan

    February 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Having been friends with three well-known writers who committed suicide, I know what you feel. There is no reason. Do not drive yourself mad trying to think of it. It just is. I feel terrible about it, too.

  296. Heidi

    February 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    you're right, it sucks.

  297. kennypark

    February 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This really sucks. I never realized just how much someone's art could have an impact on me until this happened. His work was so inspiring and I truly looked forward to what he would create next. It's strange to think we'll never see the likes of someone like this ever again.

  298. sanscilice

    February 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Like all other true fashion lovers, I'm shocked by this news. McQueen had been and still is by far my favorite current designer. I was also a bit bewildered that the sad news only made headlines for a day. I believe McQueen's contributions were far more impressive than those of most recently deceased celebrities (MJ excluded!).

    After thinking about it a bit though, I understand why there is not a greater display of mourning in the media; high concept, high priced fashion is not an appealing or entertaining idea for all but the very very wealthy who buy the cloths or the segment of artistically inclined individuals who are interested in it. There are a great many people who are maddened by the fact that a single clothing item could cost thousands of dollars. I am not one of them, but I do understand their outrage at the disparity which a $4,000 dress signifies to someone who can't afford enough food for their kids. As starved as I feel for more information and recognition from the media about his death, I think it's reasonable that Tom Brokaw is not eulogizing McQueen. He was not a figure whose work was (consciously)appreciated/consumed by the entirety of main stream America.

    This being said, I already miss the time when every six months I would check to see his new collection. The future is less bright without him.

  299. Norma

    February 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Don't think that no one outside of fashion knows or cares. I'm not anyone 'special' looks-wise or fashion-wise. Although I love beautiful things, I will never wear a McQueen. I'm neither the size nor the income bracket.

    But his death makes me miserable. Miserable and furious. Because he was amazing in a way that transcends fashion — I have not been this upset by a death of someone I didn't know personally possibly ever. Lee McQueen was astonishing, like every beautiful scary sinister heartbreaking fairy tale made real. His pieces made my life — a government contractor, someone who wears flats and must look boring by design, someone most fashionable people would pass on the street without a second look — richer, fuller, better simply by existing.

    I feel like part of my dreaming mind is gone now, like there are colors that have winked out. Which is weird. But in a way that I can't explain, he was mine kind of. I'm explaining this very badly, I'm sorry. It just breaks my heart — he was an artist, and it was not 'just' fashion (if there is such a thing).

  300. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I still can't believe it. He was my absolute favorite designer. So amazing. What a huge loss.

  301. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm


    the world will not be the same without you.

  302. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    we have lost a picasso

  303. Andrew

    February 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    RIP Lee Alexander McQueen…

  304. Row

    February 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    A true poet and forever brilliant.

  305. SGM

    February 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    i understand how you feel a little mad — anger was my first reaction after the initial shock and sadness wore off. i just can't believe that this was his time to go.

  306. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Alexander McQueen… Fly with angels. Be with your beloved mother in eternal bliss. Still, one, many hearts are aching, breaking simply because you left.

  307. Virgil Sparks

    February 13, 2010 at 12:13 am


    I believe that it is the way of fashion, it's very essence to keep these things wrapped in both mystery and humility.

    For decades fashion was a secret society that one had to work at to be a part of. It's illusions propelled it from season to season. This certainly is no longer the case, with Bravo shows, the internet, and mass retailing opening the curtain to the rooms that were once kept private.

    I believe that hearing Tom Brokaw, or any other mainstream person, would be taking another blow at the grandeur and wonderment that fashion struggles to hold on to. We, as always, will find our own ways to cope – consoling with others who feel as we do, counseling within ourselves.

    I hope I'm not sounding pretentious, but it is a loss so greatly felt by those who loved him, and those who never had the chance to even know this man other than to see his soul every six months. To honor him quietly and with dignity is to honor him in a way that is true to our world, and the memory of a man that was at the heart of it.

    - Virgil

  308. firefly

    February 13, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I'm also in disbelief. He was a great designer.

  309. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I agree. I kept browsing the internet thinking that it owuld be all over the news, but there just wasn't anything out there that communicated the impact this man had on what we experience as pop culture today. Through his genius, he was able to reach out to all different types of people, and he greatly influenced the style and image of many of today's cultural icons. He was utterly, utterly amazing.

  310. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Scott I totally agree with you. I am so glad I have fashion blogs to turn to when no one else in my life cares remotely about something that is so important to me. I am a graphic designer and you would think being fellow creatives, the people I work with would FEEL something at this news, but all I got was a "gee that's so stupid, you know we all die before our parents" and a "oh, yeah, very sad". People I know have told me where they were when Elvis died. Friends of mine were distraught at hearing Kurt Cobain's death after his suicide. I never understood how they were feeling and NOW I GET IT. SUCH an influential man. Even my mother who knows nothing about fashion admitted she thought he created "some wonderful, magical things". I suppose it is selfish of me but I have no idea if I will ever feel such an impact by one person whom I have never met. I can't believe I will never go to his shows or meet the man who has had such an effect on us all. Just stunned

  311. Lynne

    February 13, 2010 at 1:18 am

    such a brilliant talent…such a tragic ending. thanks scott.

  312. Maria

    February 13, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I'm so glad you finally said it. The various tributes and homages all feel very anemic and typically fashion-y. I think he wasn't understood as a person, unappreciated and perhaps used by some. If more people in his industry and ESPCIALLY the world at large had carved out a place for such a human being and really allowed him to speak without the banal "provocateur" "brit boy" labels he may have felt comfortable enough to remain with us and keep creating. Under those circumstances he may still be alive.

    Such an unbearable shock this is. he was a beacon and now it feels like there's nobody like him to turn to for leardership in the visual arts real, for ideas.

    So sad, he's really gone and it hurts profoundly, unexpectedly so.

  313. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Long live the (Mc)Queen

  314. Ivan McK

    February 13, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Sucks rocks big time. I thought, like you, that I would have a chance to possibly meet him later in life. It is futile to try to put the heartbreak and disappointment into words. I pray for the family.


  315. Tathyana

    February 13, 2010 at 4:26 am

    I have to agree with you. The media doesn't seem to pay much attention to the fact that the world has lost one of its greatest fashion designers of the 21st Century. Not that I particularly care about what the media has to say. But, even if you think fashion is frivolous and should not be taken so seriously, McQueen transcends all that bullshit. He was a true artist, till most of the public looked at his work as beyond fashion, or garments, or outfits, or clothes. People were in awe of his designs and his POV. This is completely shocking. I can't believe his name will never be in future fashion 'weeks'.

  316. JLG

    February 13, 2010 at 4:29 am

    i still rather believe that he is still alive. i can't take it yet. he was such an inspiration to me to keep going when politics seems like too much. i had no idea about his personal life. i just saw the majesty of his art.
    australian non-commercial media has covered it quite adequately. the commercial media haven't shown a damn.

  317. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Tragic. A great, great artist has left the building.

    Very sad.

  318. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I come from Prague and in the main news was announced, that he died, an my friends that are interested in fashion (and are as me around 18years old) had ALL status on Facebook about him and that he shell RIP.
    I also say RIP, but not in too much peace, don't let your ideas die, Alexander.

  319. bre renne and franky

    February 13, 2010 at 6:21 am

    It's horrible, I just don't understand.

  320. sharonlei

    February 13, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Still in shock. He truly was a genius. He will be missed and never forgotten. May he rest in peace and may his family that that peace as well.

    xx Love & Aloha.

  321. Rollergirl

    February 13, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I think we are all in shock because there are so many unanswered questions. For me, he was one of my generation and that is why I felt like I knew him. I have read enough about him to know he was a sensitive soul. I also know people who work for him. What will become of them and his company and his legacy? We don't know yet. But for now I don't want to read any more speculation, I just want it to go away til there is more concrete information.
    Poor Lee.

  322. Stella

    February 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for your beautiful post.
    I am finding it hard to understand how someone with so much talent, who was doing what he loved and being so successful at it, could still be so sad as to end their own life. Makes no sense to me. Such a waste.

  323. Les Garcons

    February 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

    He was a genius. And the thing that we can take from this is at least he was appreciated in his own time.
    It's so tragic and shocking.

    RIP VIP: McQueen. We miss you x

  324. Janet

    February 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Yes, I agree that with McQueen's death, there's no one talking about it in the mainstream media — I'm so sad and it's a blip on the rest of the world's radar. I don't usually like endless rehashing of tragedy, but somehow I need that in this case to make sense of our loss. I'm just devastated.

  325. Linda

    February 13, 2010 at 11:40 am

    What pain Mr. McQueen must have felt even as he created such beauty. My heart is with him where ever he is, may he find relief, peace and love.

  326. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    It always goes back to people who takes fashion at something trivial as you said if sport star, or actor dies it will be coverd 24/7. For those who appreciate Fashion as art it is a great loss.. REST IN PEACE MQUEEN.

  327. sehi

    February 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Mcqueen Forever!

  328. Beth Ruby

    February 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    So shocked by the tragic news. He was so unbelievably talented and unique.
    The Guardian had a good tribute but I agree that if it was a sports star it would have had alot more covergage.

  329. Jack Daniel

    February 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I always thought he was a 26 year old designer. He looks so good.

  330. Valeria

    February 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I can't really make sense of it, not even now…I think the word that describes Alexander's McQueen death is "shocking"…And all I can say for sure is that the world has lost a great artist that couldn't be replaced…And that we will always love him and his work!

  331. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I adored him …I always will ! I saw his first ever shows in London..once he had a fashion show in Bourugh , under a bridge in open air…burning cars and loud music…that nite was so cold, that show was truly many people were there…only few of us !
    I still have some of his clothes bought at Pellicano in South Molton Street…inside not even the name ..just a few horse air in a small mesh-bag. He quickly progressed into somthing big..then was impossible to afford ! LIFE IS PAIN – R.I.P lee I will always miss you !

  332. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    so sad …LEE come back please !

  333. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    i know this whole situation is just super depressing. we need spring and sunshine NOW!

  334. Susan

    February 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    It really does suck! I was so deeply sad and hurt in a way when I found out. I'm still in complete shock. I still think it's a bad bad dream. He was such a talented, inspirational, fun, innovative designer. It truly is a tragedy.

  335. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    i cant get over he is gone i loved him!!!!!!!!!! He is ahmazingggg!!

  336. Amber

    February 14, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I'm still looking for an answer.

  337. Gidan Nodza

    February 14, 2010 at 5:55 am

    You are right…his passing seems so meaningless. I keep asking why oh why?? It's as if I am waiting for someone who would just explain his death to me in a way that it will make sense to me. The fashion world will miss him greatly I will miss him greatly *sigh* I hope he has found peace

  338. Megan V

    February 14, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I agree so much with what you said. News coverage is short and bland about his loss. They don't have the passion for him like WE do. They didn't cry upon hearing the news. Flashes of his collections past didn't run through their heads at lightning speed, trying to comprehend the loss of all the beauty we expected him to create in the future. We just have to band together and keep the memory of him alive!

  339. Anonymous

    February 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    i don't know: what's not to have answers for? how people feel inside, even if they are a top notch artist and celebrity, has nothing to do with their exterior lives. in fact, i think living in these worlds of celebrity and art can make the insides worse and not better. i don't know. i obviously don't know the person and i haven't read very much about it. it's very sad because no one should ever die like this and the world lost such vision, but there was a person inside just like everyone else.

  340. tizzylish

    February 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Nobody is really writing or talking about what really was going on with McQUEEN. Was he so depressed that he just threw in the towel. It must be more complicated than that . With time, maybe we can understand wht really happened. Why such a talented soul did not want to wake up one more day. Suicide sucks….I understand why you are mad at the media coverage too. I am too.

  341. Anonymous

    February 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I'm no fashionista (overweight, over forty, middle of the road clothes) but I love the fantasy of fashion and really admire folks who "wear" their creative, forward, and brave souls on their backs. When I read about the death of Alexander McQueen it made me so sad- not because I knew him or wore his clothes but because his creative spirit was always out there, always on display and always undaunted. It hurts to see that gone and to imagine the pain that beauty and creativity couldn't salve.

  342. SV

    February 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    This definetely sucks!

  343. seditionaire

    February 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Good night, sweet Prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

  344. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Well put my friend. Yes, this does stink and yes, it cannot be put into words or even fully comprehended. We must just keep breathing and keep the unique spirit of mcqueen alive.

  345. Hilary

    February 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

    (sad SIGH….) I appreciate your candid and classy way in trying to make sense of a loss of an absolutely promising talent. Thank you for being a good voice to otherwise sad silence.

  346. Gabriela Cambero

    February 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I agree with everything. Specially the PS…. I can't believe how little attention this terrible loss has had! But I bet his family is grateful for this, though.
    He's truly irreplaceable! One of the worst losses fashion could've had.

  347. ellaisweird

    February 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Yeah that sucks alright, I mean when I heard the news I was just super shocked and really sad. He was a visionary and there is no other designer even close to his design style and what to become of his brand?! Gotta get over it but will take a while I guess.

  348. Paula

    February 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I am deeply saddened too (and wrote about it on my blog). I'm a film person, but for me, McQueen was the kind of person who made it possible for someone like me to keep reaching for the courage to be my singular and authentic self.

  349. dskidmore

    February 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    McQueen took my breath away, and made my heart race. I looked at his Fall 2009 collection again and again last year, and ove and over these last few days. Just one season in many of brilliant creativity. The darkness, romance and terrible beauty stabs out my heart even now.

  350. Astrid

    February 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    when i heard about i was so sad… i mean we wont be able to see all the beautiful things he could have done…the art he made as a designer made us thing, made us appreciate all the beautiful things the world had…

  351. Nelson

    February 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Bjork posted a beautiful tribute to Lee, I think you and your readers would appreciate it very much.

  352. troymonaco

    February 15, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    fashion "is" dead

  353. Madelaine

    February 16, 2010 at 2:22 am

    I've read blogs and essay tributes to McQueen but I think yours is the best. It's a frustration that he will be always irreplaceable and that you won't be able to meet him and tell him how you've appreciated his talent.

  354. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 4:53 am

    and it continues to suck…

  355. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

    As fashion students my class mates and I were completely shocked that a creative visionary like McQueen would be hidden in so much pain that he would end his own life. Who knew? He had everything going for him, doing what he loved and had a bright future ahead. His work was an inspiration. There must so many questions going around. Was there anyone who saw this coming? Could McQueen have reached out to someone? Is fashion really a lonely place?

    Designer, artist, leader, visionary, inventor, ground shaker, rule breaker, thinker.
    He was all of these.

    McQueen will be missed.

  356. Meg

    February 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Although I course am feeling all of the same emotional highs and lows of McQueen's career and his absolute love and dedication to his business, the fashion and art world and to all of those whom he touched throughout his lifetime, I am also comforted to know, that above and beyond all else, he was more at peace, at least in his own mind, with the comfort death would bring him. Though I am not advocating suicide in any way, I must be honest in saying, life is made up of our own choices, and what we leave in our wake, may never make sense.

    Thank you for this post, I think the world feels so very fragile these past days, a vacant place in many of our hearts and minds left only to wonder. xo

  357. The Sketch Artist

    February 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    After walking aimlessly through the shows this week I was a bit relieved to see Betsey Johnson make a gesture toward addressing the loss of the great Lee McQueen. She closed her FW10 show with a plastick-lip clad beauty holding a sign reading 'Long Live McQueen'.

    McQueen's silent rebellion against the norms of the fashion industry was cut far too short. His unapologetic offerings reminded us all that a liberated imagination gave way to the blank canvas and his creations were merely the paints.

    Choice – to love or to hate – was the empowerment and was never to be eclipsed by the design. Made with conviction, bought with conviction, worn with conviction.

    His vision will be greatly missed.

    Long live the King.
    Long live McQueen.

  358. Mazuin Mohsein

    February 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I wish he was back and alive <3 He's the only designer who I truly madly deeply is in love with , and who opened up my desire for fashion. <3 Lee we all miss you so much. <3

  359. Wendy Bendoni

    February 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Mad at we have lost such an amazing mad who inspired me to get into fashion and to always challenge myself to push the envelope.

  360. Sarah

    February 17, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I know. It's just so…sad.

  361. Sergio Brandao

    February 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

    No words can describe what we felt when we received the news of Lee McQueen's, founder and designer of Alexander McQueen brand.

    We respect the family's wishes, mentioning only that, with only 40 years of age, Lee McQueen is unanimously considered a genius, a visionary in the fashion world, and personally, one of our favorite designers of all times…

    Where ever you are, our thoughts and profound sadness are with you, and we know that the world is less colorful now that you have chosen to leave us. Your work remains, and it will be spoken of long after all of us are just a memory.

    Wherever your trip is taking you, we just say: Godspeed Alexander McQueen.

    Sonia and Sergio, Portugal

  362. Jadeline

    February 17, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Fully agreed. I feel you

  363. Lady Byron

    February 19, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I avidly followed Alexander McQueen as he was from the same scungy neighbourhood (Stratford) in London that I come from; so added marks to the man, for getting out of there and doing so much with his life. Not an easy task; I had to go to Sydney to escape! He will be sorely missed; shame such talent has left the world at such a young age…

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  366. jenny

    April 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    May his soul rest in peace. Be blessed

  367. me pica la etiqueta

    July 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

    His vision will be greatly missed.
    Long live McQueen.

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