Alexander McQueen Net Worth
Alexander McQueen Net Worth: Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier who had a net worth of $30 million. (Lee) Alexander McQueen was born March 17, 1969 in Lewisham, London, England. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy (1996-2001) and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003. McQueen, called "Lee" by his friends, recognized his homosexuality at an early age and was teased extensively about it by schoolmates. At age 16, McQueen dropped out of school and found work on Savile Row, a street in London's Mayfair district famous for offering made-to-order men's suits. He worked first with the tailor shop Anderson and Shephard then moved to nearby Gieves and Hawkes. From there he changed to working with theatrical costumes and even made the move from London to Milan, Italy where he worked as a design assistant to fashion designer Romeo Gigli. He later returned to London and attended Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design and received his M.A. in fashion design in 1992. McQueen then started his own business designing clothes for women. He met enormous success with the introduction of his "bumster" pants, so named because of their extremely low-cut waistline. In 2000, Gucci bought a 51 percent stake in Alexander McQueen's private company and provided the capital for McQueen to expand his business. In 2003, McQueen was declared International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and A Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire by the Queen of England, and won yet another British Designer of the Year honor. Meanwhile, McQueen opened stores in New York, Milan, London, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. But tragedy would soon lace Alexander's life and things would not end well for him. Starting with the death of English magazine editor Isabella Blow, followed by the death of his mother just two years later, the impact of these events on Alexander's life would culminate in his own suicide. On February 11, 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen was found by his housekeeper, hanged at his home in London—just nine days after his mother passed away from cancer.