Fashion Legend Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide

February 11, 2010 § 3 Comments

The “Enfant Terrible” of the fashion world Alexander McQueen has taken his own life. McQueen was found in his London flat this morning just days after his mother passed away. McQueen had experienced a lot of loss lately, especially after losing BFF Isabella Blow in 2007, who committed suicide after discovering she had ovarian cancer. Blow helped catapult McQueen to international stardom.

This is a sad day and a terrible loss for McQueen’s family and loved ones, as well as for the fashion industry. McQueen has always been one of my favorite designers – there is such a beauty, futurity and excitement in his designs. To all the rest of us, it looked like he was on top of the world. Who knew that he could create such greatness in the midst of so much sadness.

With New York Fashion Week starting today, I can’t help but wonder if McQueen was trying send a message?

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§ 3 Responses to Fashion Legend Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide

  • Shannon says:

    I doubt a message was intended, but I don’t think it’s coincidental that both Blow and McQueen committed suicide. Lee had lost the two most important people in his life — both deaths that he could do nothing about. He made the choice to do something about his own, which is both heartbreaking and selfish. However, it’s out of blatant selfishness that anyone asks what could have been done, how it came to this, or talks about the tragic loss to fashion.

  • madison moore says:

    Thanks, Shannon, for the smart commentary. You’re right that it’s probably not coincidental that both Blow and McQueen committed suicide, and I love that you argue it’s selfish for anyone to talk about the tragic loss to fashion. But still – can’t you see how people would lament both the loss of McQueen and the loss of such a massive talent?

  • Shannon says:

    No, I’m not arguing that both can’t be mourned, or that I don’t have my own selfish response. But I do always feel that when anyone, particularly an artist, makes an exit by their own hand, there’s a certain degree of entitlement in the words behind a lot of mourning. It’s even there in my own.

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