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He took fashion's head out its arse

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Photo by Nick Knight

1o reasons why Alexander McQueen was on the cover of The Face in April 1998: (this is why he will be deeply missed.)
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1. Because he leans over and kisses his mum, Joyce, when he’s taking his bows on the catwalk.
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2. Because everybody else did All Saints.
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3. Because when he trained at Savile Row, he sewed a label inside a jacket designed for the Prince of Wales, saying “I am a cunt”
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4. …or was it “McQueen was here”?
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5. Because in interviews, he says things like “I don’t know whether I can survive in fashion without murdering somebody”
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6. Because Suzy Menkes, one of the few fashion journalists who knows what she’s talking about, wrote that he’s “not just a fine tailor with a soaring imagination, but one of those rare designers who catches the spirit of the times”
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7. Because “it’s unlikely that a Briton would achieve what he has, but for a pupil from an all-male comprehensive in deepest Newham it is incredible” (his headmaster Richard Jarman Rokeby Comprehensive)
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8. Because he turned up in Milan on a whim, with nowhere to stay and hardly any money, and blagged a job with Romeo Gigli.
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9. Because he puts art in fashion and takes fashion’s head out its arse.
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10. Just because, OK?
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Thanks to Tekla Knaust for scanning the magazine.