Alexander McQueen’s London abode is now the market
McQueen’s newly refurbished London penthouse is now on the market for a cool 8.5million pounds.
A dramatic spiral staircase leads to two VIP bedroom suites inside the fully refurbished property on Dunraven Street, built in 1897, complete with bathrooms lined with rare Calacatta marble, black American walnut wood flooring, bespoke chandeliers and walk in dressing rooms.
Previous occupants include His Highness Alexander Mountbatten, the grandson of Queen Victoria, and the author P.G. Wodehouse.
International design house Paul Davies London has spent 16 months transforming the multi-million pound penthouse into an art deco-inspired homage to the acclaimed designer, who died in 2010, having bought the property the year before.
At the turn of the 21st century, Alexander McQueen was the most feted and controversial designer of his generation.
In 2003 alone, he was made British Designer of the Year (an award he won four times), International Designer of the Year and — in a remarkable show of acceptance by the establishment — a Commander of the British Empire.
His achievement was all the more remarkable because he’d shown little promise at his East London comprehensive school, where he was dismissed by his teachers as just another ‘East End oik’, going nowhere fast. His father, a taxi driver, expected him to take up a trade at 16, such as plumbing.
Soon afterwards, McQueen had started on the bottom rung of his new career as an apprentice on Saville Row — a career that would see him become the darling of the beautiful set, best friends with models, actresses and fashion editors.
Yet by the age of 40, it was all over. On the morning of February 11, 2010, McQueen’s housekeeper arrived at his home in London’s Mayfair to find the designer had hanged himself. A post mortem later revealed that he had also taken a cocktail of drugs, including cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilisers.