Alexander McQueen, easily one of fashion's most talented designers in a generation, was memorialized on Monday at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
McQueen committed suicide in February, not long after the death of his mother.
The son of a taxi driver, McQueen rose from humble roots in London's East End to become a subversive star of high fashion and a prodigious tailor with Savile Row training (in his youth, he had apprenticed at Anderson & Sheppard and Gieves and Hawkes).
He went on to study design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where his graduation collection was bought by the stylist and editor Isabella Blow.
Guests at the memorial service included Stella McCartney, Naomi Campbell, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Cathy Horyn of
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