Alexander McQueen was an extravagant designer as any fashion followers would know. His works have been shown over the 20th and the 21st century. Learning to sew at age 16, McQueen became an apprentice with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes and, later, the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. The skills he acquired working at Savile Row gave him a reputation in the fashion world as a man to create an "impeccably tailored look." McQueen grew as an amazing designer with such clients as Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Charles. McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy earning the title "l'enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion."In 1996 McQueen was one of the youngest ever to earn the title, "British Designer of the Year." Soon after fashion house LVMH gave McQueen a position designing for Givenchy, McQueen stayed with Givenchy until March 2001, when the contract he said was "constraining his creativity" ended. Successfully by the end of 2007, Alexander McQueen had boutiques in London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Las Vegas. Celebrity patrons, including Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna, J-Pop Queens such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, and Koda Kumi have frequently been spotted wearing Alexander McQueen clothing to events. With a winning streak like this his talent and creativeness, any fashion designer will be honored to hold the titles and respect Alexander McQueen held. February 11, 2010 McQueen's career came to a tragic ending. McQueen was found dead that morning by his house keeper, hanging. Creating a shocking controversy on the world of fashion, people could only wonder what would lead someone of such success to a deathly ending. A modern day Richard Cory.