The biggest fashion event of 2010 was also the most tragic: iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen took his own life in London on Feb. 11. His death cast a pall over the Fall/Winter collections-- he was honored during Naomi Campbell’s Fashion Relief for Haiti Show and he was mourned industry-wide as a genius, a visionary, and a true master. A private service was held shortly after McQueen’s death, followed by a 1,200-person memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in September. “He taught us that the runway was a place where dreams become reality,” Wintour said of McQueen at the memorial. Since his death, his business has been resilient: Sarah Burton, his right-hand woman of 14 years, officially inherited the mantle in May. She debuted her first collection for McQueen during Paris Fashion Week in October, which The Guardian said was “unmistakably the house of McQueen, but there were new, more feminine shapes too.” In December, McQueen received a posthumous prize for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design at the British Fashion Awards.