British designer's show

McQueen leads army of color in Milan

MILAN Into the sober but stylish Milan menswear season, Alexander McQueen threw a grenade of actuality. The British designer's show on Monday dared to face the soft/hard, male/$ female issues that have become a fashion yawn with a collection that pitted the Western military against ethnic dress. --Suzy Menkes IHT, Tuesday, June 29, 2004 [Jul 2004]

Alexander McQueen

Born in the East End of London in 1970, the son of a taxi driver, Alexander McQueen fast rose through the fashion ranks to become one of the leading lights of international design.
He graduated from Central St Martins College of Art & Design in 1991, with a display of such flair and innovation that he was immediately awarded an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard. He went on to work for Romeo Gigli and Koji Tatsuno, before opening his own studio in East London. Having introduced his label, McQueen managed to secure tabloid headlines with the launch of his infamous, low-cut 'bumsters', while his beautifully crafted and often outrageous designs attracted a small but fiercely loyal clientele, including such influential fashion figures as stylist Isabella Blow, who was sitting on the front row of his MA show. She wore one of the outfits he presented in a Vogue shoot in November 1992 and has championed his work ever since.

Some of Alexander McQueen accomplishments include being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title 'British Designer of the Year' in 1996, 1997 and again in 2001. Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and earlier this year, McQueen was named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards. December 2000 saw a new partnership for McQueen with Gucci Group acquiring 51% of the company with Alexander serving as Creative Director. Plans for expansion include the opening of stores worldwide and his perfume, Kingdom. -- [Jul 2004]

Antwerp Six [...]

After Antwerp fashion designers had scored a number of successses in the national Gouden Spoel (Golden Spool) competition, the Antwerp fashion world really took off in march 1988. That was the year six young designers, namely Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Walter van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk van Saene and Marina Yee took part in the British Designer Show in London. To everyone's surprise, they were the indisputable revelation of this international fashion trade fair and they soon became known as the 'Antwerp Six'. And they created a furore. [...]

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