Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2011 Footwear Collection
McQueen’s work always provoked emotional reactions—extreme ones. One season, his audience shed tears of frustration over his inhospitable choice of venue; the next, tears of joy over the haunting beauty of both the clothes and the staging. Even as he entered his forties, the designer was hardly ever written about without the phrase “enfant terrible” following his name. And yet, despite the perennial bad-boy tag, he’d won all the big awards given out in London and was even honored by Queen Elizabeth.