I am crying right now. I am totally beside myself with grief. Why? According to the London Daily Mail Alexander McQueen, aka one of my fashion designer idols, is dead. He committed suicide and his body was found today. I am crying right now. I always thought that one day I would get to meet this tailoring genius. I know he was extremely upset at the passing of his mother last week. My mother always says it takes a very strong person to kill oneself. I just wished he could have pushed through the pain, but you never truly know what he was going through. I hope we can all remember him for the great things that he has done during his time on Earth. Let us think of the time he sent a hologram of Kate Moss down the runway. Let us think of the time he put a model on turntable and spray painted her dress with robotic arms, and let us not forget his beautiful Spring 2010 show from last fall. You will be missed.
Eunice Walker Johnson (April 4, 1916 – January 3, 2010)
“Mrs. Johnson elevated the image of Black women being fashion conscious, fashion forward and affluent,” said Kenneth Owen, assistant producer of Ebony Fashion Fair, who was handpicked by the fashion pioneer 26 years ago to work alongside her. Full obituary here.
She did so much for black models, designers, and fashion. Mrs. Johnson worked with YSL, Cardin, and others before they were famous. Her traveling fashion brought fashion to the masses. Going to one of her fashions shows was a highlight when I was younger. She will be missed.