After leaving school at 16, Alexander McQueen successfully undertook apprenticeships at Savile Row tailor’s Anderson and Shephard and Gieves and Hawkes. Both labels were masters in technical construction, and it was here that Alexander McQueen first honed his tailoring skills. McQueen moved onto theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans, where he mastered six methods of pattern. Alexander McQueen’s design signature, razor-sharp tailoring, was born. After completing his Master’s degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martin’s, the MA collection he presented was famously bought in its entirety by Isabella Blow. The next 10 years saw Alexander McQueen establish himself as one of the most respected fashion designers in the world. Now under the direction of fellow Central Saint Martin’s graduate, Sarah Burton, the Alexander McQueen label continues to blend bespoke British tailoring with the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing. Explore the Alexander McQueen collection for directional yet elegant pieces. Expect to see the label’s signature skull motif accent everything from jewelry to scarves, shirts, bags and shoes.