Alexander McQueen, 1967-2010 Silk dress, 2001
Alexander McQueen realised he was gay at only six years old and came out to his parents aged 18. In 2000 he married his partner, George Forsythe. Although they split up one year later, they maintained a close friendship afterwards. McQueen won his first British Designer of the Year award in 1996, and was famed for his elaborate and dramatic catwalk shows. He committed suicide in February 2010, just a few days after the death of his mother.