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Alexander McQueen was born in London on March 17th 1969, the
youngest of six children. He left school at the age of 16
and was offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile
Row tailors Anderson and Shephard and then at neighbouring
Gieves and Hawkes, both masters in the technical
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From there he moved to the theatrical costumiers Angels and
Bermans where he mastered 6 methods of pattern cutting from
the melodramatic 16th Century to the razor sharp tailoring
which has become a McQueen signature. Aged 20 he was
employed by the designer Koji Tatsuno, who also had his
roots in British tailoring. A year later McQueen travelled
to Milan where he was employed as Romeo Gigli's design
assistant. On his return to London, he completed a Masters
degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martin's. He
showed his MA collection in 1992, which was famously bought
in its entirety by Isabella Blow.
Alexander McQueen shows are known for their emotional power
and raw energy, as well as the romantic but determinedly
contemporary nature of the collections.
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