Fashion industry's biggest players have been generous with their thoughts on Alexander McQueen's extraordinary contribution to the fashion world. McQueen was found dead today at the age of 40, a suicide victim.
We've rounded up quotes from our favorite fashion people through interviews, press releases and Twitter:
"Very sad day for all. Yes we both knew him. Worked at LVMH together. Marc and I were crying earlier. Told each other how much we love each other." --Robert Duffy, ceo, Marc Jacobs
"Just landed in NY to a stream of emails about the death of the great McQueen. How can so much happen in only 6 hours. Such a great loss." --Imran Amed, editor, The Business of Fashion
"Cameras etc in front of McQ store. Window has white curtain drawn."--Refinery29
"Goodbye Alexander McQueen, xo." --Jessica Stam, model
"I am so shocked and sad to hear about Alexander McQueen." --Coco Rocha, model
"What a shitty day! It's a good thing I'm a cockeyed optimist or I'd be a fucking sad clown." --Mickey Boardman, editor, Paper
"Rest in Peace, visionary & designer-extraordinaire Alexander McQueen. Our thoughts are with his family at this time." --Teen Vogue
"What a beautiful man. RIP McQueen." --Daisy Lowe, model
"In a total state of shock about MCqueen's death. he was inspiring, daring, creative genius and his death is absolutely heart wrenching. RIP." --Prabal Gurung, designer
"Furious and sad. Please tell someone if you need help or even if you just need a friend." --Faran Krentcil, digital director, Nylon
"R.I.P. Alexander McQueen, a kind soul and brilliant creative genius. Sad and shocking. You've touched us all." --Joe Zee, creative director, Elle
“Alexander McQueen challenged and expanded our understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. He was a provocateur and a raconteur who told stories through his clothes -- stories that might draw from the past or other cultures, but were relevant to the here and now. He had the mind of a poet and the heart of an artist. He was a true romantic, in the Byronic sense of the word, who channeled the sublime.” --Andrew Bolton, curator, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"We are devastated to learn of the death of Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest talents of his generation. He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing — from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss." Anna Wintour, editor, Vogue via The Cut.