Alexander McQueen’s footwear partners were shocked to hear about the British designer’s passing when reached by Footwear News this morning.
“Lee [his given name] was an amazing and inspirational person, a true genius. I feel privileged to have worked with him,” said Georgina Goodman, who consulted on his women’s footwear.
Goodman helped create the vertiginous Armadillo shoes with 9.4-inch heels that set Paris runway show audiences abuzz last October.
“It’s a real shock, I’ve just found out about it,” said Brighton-based designer Scott Emerson, the designer behind Narrative, who, for the past six seasons has worked closely with McQueen on men’s shoes. “He was a joy to work with, a creative force and an effervescent character. It’s awful. They’re all gearing up for the women’s show, and now this.”