A memorial service has been held to honour the life and work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Dozens of tartan-clad bagpipers lined the steps of St. Paul’s cathedral as guests including Stella McCartney, Pam Hogg, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Sarah Jessica Parker left the ceremony.
Following his suicide seven months ago, the world of fashion has mourned the loss of one of the most innovative couturiers of the late 20th century. Editor-in-chief of US Vogue, Anna Wintour, gave a eulogy at the memorial service, telling those gathered that McQueen transported his followers “into a world of sensation where you could be shocked, repulsed or thrilled”. McQueen was “special” because he designed the “most exquisite couture dresses and at the same time had a real impact on how the world dressed”, she added.
The ceremony was held during London Fashion Week so many in the industry could attend and pay their respects to the designer.
McQueen won the distinction of being named British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003 and was also awarded the CBE
The designer took a mix of cocaine, tranquilisers and sleeping pills before hanging himself on the eve of his mother’s funeral in February. Coroner Dr Paul Knapman, recording a suicide verdict, said: “The balance of his mind was disturbed.” McQueen, left a note, scribbled onto the back of a book in his room. It said: “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee.”