British designer Alexander McQueen was born in East London in 1970. The son of a taxi driver, McQueen left school at the age of 16 and went to work as an apprentice tailor on Savile Row. Renowned for his controversial, avant-garde collections and unconventional designs, McQueen is regarded as one of the most influential designers in the history of British couture. Alexander McQueen knitwear is a cutting-edge blend of laid-back sophistication. Highlights include quirky fur pattern cardigans, geometric knit sweaters, and asymmetric pullovers with pattern detailing.