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Memorable Quotes by Alexander McQueen

For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I'm getting there: I've found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.
Alexander McQueen
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Menswear is about subtlety. It's about good style and good taste.
Alexander McQueen
My relationships with producers or photographers - these are relationships that took years.
Alexander McQueen
As a designer, you've always got to push yourself forward; you've always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That's what I do.
Alexander McQueen
I hate it when people romanticize Scotland.
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.
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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.
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I am married to work.
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I can't get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it's just crass.
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It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.
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Really, what I'm aiming for is world domination!
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There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game.
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Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.
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It's good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It's DNA, it's in your blood.
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Sting's my ideal man, because he's a real man.
Alexander McQueen
I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don't want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.
Alexander McQueen
I work with people I admire and respect. It's never because of who they are.
Alexander McQueen
I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.
Alexander McQueen
When I'm dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.
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Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn't.
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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.
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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 get insular with fashion.
Alexander McQueen
I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.
Alexander McQueen
I like the idea of infiltrating an area that is not really exposed to me or my work.
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
I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don't want to see me.
Alexander McQueen
There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.
Alexander McQueen
I'm not big on women looking naive.
Alexander McQueen
When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you're an open book, there's no allure.
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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.
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I'm mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.
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Of course I make mistakes. I'm human. If I didn't make mistakes, I'd never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.
Alexander McQueen
I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
Alexander McQueen
I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now - no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.
Alexander McQueen
I want to empower women.
Alexander McQueen
I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
Alexander McQueen
Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.
Alexander McQueen
The police need to come down to street level.
Alexander McQueen
I like the concept of dressing people. I used to not care whether people bought the clothes or not, but I kind of like it now. I wouldn't label that commercialism; it's more like I do this work because I want people to wear it.
Alexander McQueen
Give me time and I'll give you a revolution.
Alexander McQueen
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.
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There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company.
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British fashion is self confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.
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Nicey nicey just doesn't do it for me.
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You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it a compliment.
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I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.
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Fame should be left to the film stars.
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I've had good times; I've had bad times.
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Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.
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I am a melancholy type of person.
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I feel more Scottish than Norman.
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I think I should be a president. President of the United States.
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I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life.
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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
You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don't need to do that any more.
Alexander McQueen
I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
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Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive. 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.
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I'm not interested in being liked.
Alexander McQueen
There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do - but that part is for me. It's my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There's a sadness to it, but there's romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.
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It's usually only the intellectual ones who understand what's going on in what I do.
Alexander McQueen
You can only go forward by making mistakes.
Alexander McQueen
I don't want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.
Alexander McQueen
I'm interested in designing for posterity.
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