About the designer
The late Lee Alexander McQueen established his namesake label in 1992. Acclaimed for dramatic, exaggerated and gothic silhouettes, the designer was swiftly dubbed 'L’Enfant Terrible' of fashion. Although slightly notorious, the London-born creative paid his dues to fashion during his studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and gaining experience at, amongst others, Anderson and Sheppard, Gieves and Hawkes, Koji Tatsuno and couture house Givenchy. The designer was awarded several titles during his career, ranging from ‘British Designer of the Year’ to ‘International Designer of the Year’.
McQueen’s smart sense of tailoring led him to design razor-sharp silhouettes, often embellished with raw and theatrical detailing. Iconic garments, such as the cheeky ‘Bumster’ trousers, ‘Manta’ dresses and the instantly recognisable skull-printed scarf landed the couturier cult status. While his runway shows were often the talk of the town, it’s his distinct sense of style that truly lingers.
After McQueen’s death in 2010, Sarah Burton became the label’s creative director. Having worked alongside him for nearly fifteen years, the McQueen aesthetic was encapsulated into her creative DNA. The British designer showcases in-depth knowledge of the dark and encapsulating philosophy while preserving the label’s concise technical craftsmanship. Burton is best-known for designing HRH the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress in 2002.