Iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen
was found dead at his home, allegedly by suicide. The shocking news has rocked the international fashion industry.
Top Hollywood celebrity stylist George Blodwell who has known McQueen for many years tells The Dish Rag exclusively why he thinks McQueen took his own life.
“I’m totally shocked,” Blodwell tells us. “I only just found out. All I know is that he lived and breathed to make his mother proud of him. Everything he did was done to please her, like a ‘Look mommy, look what I did.’ He was very, very attached to her. And when she died last week, I think he felt, ‘what’s the use of anything anymore.'”
Blodwell goes on to say: “He was a mad genius and his death such a loss for his friends and the
entire fashion world. He was at the top of his game. His last
collection was iconic. Anything designed by him will become a true
collectors’ item and the prices will skyrocket.”
The publicity firm representing the designer confirmed his death Thursday morning (Feb. 11), saying: “It is a tragic loss. We are
not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen
McQueen was due to present his Fall 2010 collection in Paris next week. It is not known if the show will go on.
was born in the East End of London on March 17, 1969. His father was a
taxi driver and as a child he made dresses for his three sisters.He
apprenticed on Savile Row and actually made suits for Prince Charles
and Mikhail Gorbachev
He caught the eye of influential and eclectic stylist Isabella Blow.
The two became very close friends until Blow committed suicide on May
7, 2007. McQueen dedicated his spring 2008 collection to her.
McQueen was named England’s designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003.
This is so tragic and very sad news. We’ll miss him.
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Photo credits: George Blodwell, Alexander McQueen.WireImage