While fashionistas everywhere were thrilled with Kate Middleton’s choosing Alexander McQueen to design her wedding dress, it’s a little bittersweet, as McQueen never got to see his label go into royal history.
After Alexander McQueen’s death, Sarah Burton took over. Burton personally worked with Kate Middleton to design her wedding dress, which is already legendary.
Sarah studied art at Manchester Polytechnic before she moved to London to study print fashion at Central St. Martins.
After three years, Burton took part in a year’s work placement at Alexander McQueen. She officially joined the brand in 1996. Four years later, Burton became head of womenswear, working next to McQueen.
On the morning of February 11, 2010, McQueen was found hanged in his wardrobe. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
McQueen’s mother had died of cancer only days before, and close friend David LaChapelle, said McQueen was “doing a lot of drugs and was very unhappy.”
McQueen left behind an eerily casual note which read, “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee.”
Sarah Burton became the new creative director for the Alexander McQueen label after his suicide.
Although McQueen never had the chance to see his fashion become part of a wedding that will go down in history, Kate Middleton paid a huge honor to him by choosing his label.