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Designer Alexander McQueen found dead

The British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home at the age of 40 and the cause of his death is asphyxiation and hanging. Days before he passed way, McQueen had left many messages on the social networking site Twitter explaining his grief at his mother’s death.

McQueen’s death has projected a shadow over London Fashion Week. A spokeswoman said the event would present a tribute to the designer, whose attention-capturing designs helped to refresh British fashion after a long neglected period.

He was very much popular for his striking remark pieces and perfect tailoring. McQueen dressed celebrities ranging from Cameron Diaz to Lady Gaga and affected a generation of designers. He was designated British Designer of the Year for four times and was also awarded the title of CBE (Commander of Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.

McQueen was a private man who kept away from the limelight. McQueen became leading designer at the Givenchy house in 1996. McQueen possessed creative control, and became popular for his striking and sometimes unclassified creations like sculptural cocktail dresses in psychedelic patterns; headwear made of trash; 10-inch heels shaped like lobster claws.

Updated: March 9, 2010 — 5:32 am

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