Designers/Models/Editor speaks about McQueen

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“Lee was a fashion genius. I don’t say that lightly, and it is a total shock that I am referring to him in the past tense,” said Stella McCartney “He was a real friend. I will miss him as a mate, a peer, and as a true British talent, full of life and energy in everything he ever did.”

“I have always admired Lee,” said Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. “He had a way of approaching fashion — both as a tailor and as an inventor — that was all his own. He was an enormous talent whose creative genius will forever remain in the history of fashion.”

“They brought in Alexander McQueen and he was really raw. He was very gutsy. He cared so much, and his manner was wild. He was outrageous,” - Marion Greenberg, owner of Marion Greenberg Inc.

“McQueen was daring, original, exciting,” said John Galliano. “He shook up the establishment with his creativity and understood what it takes to be a great British ambassador for fashion. I admired him very much. He was a fashion revolutionary that, like me, made the journey from [Central] Saint Martins to Paris where he put his own unique mark on the industry. He will not be forgotten.

“It’s a loss for the fashion industry,” said Karl Lagerfeld, who didn’t know McQueen personally, but appreciated his designs. “His story was one of success and talent, but that may not be enough to keep you alive.”

“I am really saddened by Lee’s passing on a human level, but also on the artistic one,” said Jean Paul Gaultier. “A great talent has left us and we will miss him and everything that he has done for fashion.”

“I am truly devastated to lose my close friend,” said Naomi Campbell. “His talent had no boundaries, and he was an inspiration to everyone who worked with him and knew him.”

Donatella Versace called McQueen a true icon. “His imagination had no limits and his strong personality, together with his strong creativity, made him unique.”

“This news has come as a shock and greatly saddened me. The world has lost a very talented young man whom I have always respected for his outstanding genius,” said Giorgio Armani.

“I am truly shocked and saddened by this tragic news and my thoughts are with Lee’s family. Lee was one of Britain’s greatest designers and was an inspiration to so very many people. His unique vision, charm and warm character will be greatly missed by everybody who knew Lee and by everyone touched by his extraordinary talent,” said Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer of Burberry.

“I think every designer’s dream is to have that talent, that vision and that integrity,” Donna Karan said. “It’s shocking to think that something like this could happen to somebody of that ability, who has that creativity and expression and love inside of him. There are very few people you look at who are icons of creativity. Karan recalled recently seeing Daphne Guinness wearing one of McQueen’s futuristic shoes. “He had that ability to not only create beyond the limits, but also keep it accessible. He was able to do both, to dream the creative dream and deliver a product that you could embrace, and that is very unique,” she said.

“He is such a great guy and such an amazing talent that it is so devastating to know he is gone,” Marc Jacobs said. “We have a lot of mutual friends and some of them are working here, and everybody is walking around crying today, so it’s been a little sad. “I will miss him, and I will certainly miss the beauty that he created, and his vision and his world,” Jacobs added.

“We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation,” Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue, said. “He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing — from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss.”

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