Sunday 20 August 2017

Mary Kenny: McQueen's sad early death marks an end to decadence

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Naturally, anyone of any sensitivity would be sad to learn of the death, at 40, of the controversial fashion designer Alexander McQueen. His passing is lamented by all the great names in couture and modelling, from Anna Wintour of 'Vogue' to Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Philip Treacy, the Irish couture milliner -- a special friend who had encouraged McQueen from the start.

Death at such a comparatively young age, and, it seems, from such a particular sorrow -- 'Lee' McQueen was profoundly, even fatally attached to his mother Joyce, who had died 10 days earlier -- must be a tragedy.

Obviously, the guy was talented. Coming from a poor background in London's East End, he was trained in Savile Row as a tailor and could cut with the precision of a traditional tailor, as well as dream up fantastical creative designs.

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