Without a doubt, the news that rocked and shocked the fashion world the most this year was the untimely death of designer Alexander McQueen, who was found dead in his apartment after hanging himself on Feb. 11. He was 40 years old. Just moments after the news broke, tributes started pouring in for the designer — he was affectionately known to close friends as “Lee” — from fashion folk, celebrities and fans mourning the death of this creative genius. Celebrated for his avant garde designs, he gave the world beautiful clothes and theatrical runway shows — but also made us reconsider the boundaries of fashion (and physics) with his “bumster” jeans and fantastical armadillo shoes.
The legacy of his work is far from over. His last designs were shown in Paris during the A/W ’10 show season, and Sarah Burton took the reigns as the brand’s Creative Director in May. His biggest celebrity fans (and friends) have continued to wear his clothes, in particular Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Anna Paquin and Kate Moss, and a special memorial was held in London in September. It’s never an easy thing to say goodbye, but the visionary nature of McQueen's work means that he will be remembered long after his death. And that’s why he’s our 2010 Most Missed.