Born March 17th 1969 in Lewisham, London, to Scottish taxi driver Ronald and Social Science teacher Joyce, McQueen was the youngest of six children. While he reportedly grew up in a council flat, the McQueens had lived in a terraced house in Stratford since McQueen was less than a year old. Attending Carpenters Road Primary School, he started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention to become a fashion designer.
McQueen later attended Rokeby School and left at the age of 16, in 1985, with one O-level in art. He went on to serve an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes, also the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. While serving his apprenticeship, McQueen attended the Rosetta Studio Workshops led by Yvonne Humble.The skills he learned as an apprentice on Savile Row helped earn him a reputation in the fashion world as an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look. In 1996 McQueen was appointed head designer for Givenchy. By 2000, Gucci would acquire 51% of McQueen’s company in a partnership deal.
With clients such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Charles, and celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rihanna, Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, and Koda Kumi, have frequently been spotted wearing Alexander McQueen clothing to events. Björk, Ayumi Hamasaki and Lady Gaga have often incorporated Alexander McQueen pieces in their music videos.
McQueen’s death was announced on February, 11th 2010, at the age of 40. His housekeeper found him hanging at his home on Green Street, London. Paramedics were called and they pronounced him dead at the scene. He had no children.