Alexander McQueen 1

Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.
Alexander McQueen

Rap music’s been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn’t.
Alexander McQueen

I have been skiing since I was in school, but I’m not great. I am never going to break an Olympic record, I just want to go down the hills, on red or blue runs, but not… black.
Alexander McQuee

For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.
Alexander McQueen

You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it a compliment.
Alexander McQueen

Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.
Alexander McQueen

Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.
Alexander McQueen

Fame should be left to the film stars.
Alexander McQueen

I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock shows, that’s how I got my first backers. But fashion’s a scary industry to be in, especially if you’ve not grown up with it.
Alexander McQueen

I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late.
Alexander McQueen

I think I should be a president. President of the United States.
Alexander McQueen

Nicey nicey just doesn’t do it for me.
Alexander McQueen

I feel more Scottish than Norman.
Alexander McQueen

The police need to come down to street level.
Alexander McQueen

I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life.
Alexander McQueen

I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.
Alexander McQueen

My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years.
Alexander McQueen

I like the idea of infiltrating an area that is not really exposed to me or my work.
Alexander McQueen

Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.
Alexander McQueen

You can get insular with fashion.
Alexander McQueen

It’s good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It’s DNA, it’s in your blood.
Alexander McQueen

It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.
Alexander McQueen

I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there’s no room for fault. But I don’t expect to turn things around all by myself. I’m not a saint.
Alexander McQueen

You can only go forward by making mistakes.
Alexander McQueen

It’s not my vision when I cover a woman’s face with a chador. I got the idea from a ‘National Geographic’ photo. I’m just showing their plight in the world.
Alexander McQueen

The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity.
Alexander McQueen

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