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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2010-02-16 09:04:56
     

    Alexander McQueen, the fashion world's reigning provocateur who helped elevate British fashion to the international stage, was found dead Thursday at his home in London at the age of 40.

    Alexander McQueen

    The police have not released an official report on the cause of death, but his press representatives at KCD Worldwide said it appeared to be a suicide.

    As a designer, McQueen was not only a technical genius but a creative genius as well. His theatrical runway productions were often controversial, casting models as witches, rape victims and mental patients, challenging the notions of what is beautiful and what is grotesque.

    He was known for rigorously tailored jackets, second-skin repeating-pattern leggings and dresses, gravity-defying lobster-claw shoes -- which Lady Gaga daringly donned in her "Bad Romance" video -- and a fascination with the macabre that lent itself to suitcases with rib-cage motifs and sweaters with cable-knit skulls and crossbones.

    "A gifted iconoclast, who could just as easily be creating art as fashion," former Times fashion editor Mimi Avins described McQueen upon seeing his clothes for the first time in 1996.

    Sarah Jessica Parker (L) and Alexander McQueen 

    Emergency services were called to the 40-year-old's home in central London on Thursday, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. A Scotland Yard spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

    "We were called to an address at 10.20am this morning by the ambulance service after reports of a man found dead," a police spokesman said.

    "The death is being treated as non-suspicious."

    McQueen, in recent days, has made anguished internet postings that revealed he was distraught over the February 2 death of his mother.

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