Lee Alexander McQueen memorial

London Fashion Week paused on day four to pay respect to Lee Alexander McQueen at a memorial service at St Paul's cathedral today.

McQueen's family, friends and industry figures gathered in the Cathedral to remember the designer and his creative genius.

American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, had written a tribute celebrating the designer's life and career.

"There was no comfort zone with Alexander McQueen," she began, before recalling vivid memories of the designer, from the beginnings of his career when Wintour said she was frustrated by the young designer's disdain for American Vogue, to the height of his career when Wintour would be invited to preview the collections created by the "complex and gifted young man".

Wintour told of how, as a child McQueen, spent hours sitting atop his tower block home watching birds fly over head. She ended her reading: "Alexander has left us an exceptional legacy. He was a brilliant, extraordinary and inspirational talent that soared like the birds of his boyhood above us all."

Long term friends of the designer, models Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell were in the congregation. Singer Bjork performed a haunting version of Gloomy Sunday dressed as a McQueen paper angel. The London Community Gospel Choir also performed before the service ended with Scottish pipers leading out the congregation.

Alexander Lee McQueen died on February 11, 2010.

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