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Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide

Alexander McQueen, the 40-year-old British fashion designer, has died in an apparent suicide. McQueen was sometimes called “the hooligan of English fashion,” and was known for his bold and avant-garde designs--clothes, for example, that were made from animal bones, or models dressed as mental patients. He was the son of a taxi driver and learned tailoring in Savile Row. In 1996, he was the youngest designer to ever win “British Designer of the Year,” and he went on to win three more times. Among his most famous and recent designs were the “ armadillo boots.”

February 11, 2010 5:36 AM