Alexander McQueen, one of Monica’s favorite  british fashion designer, has died aged 40, his company confirmed today. He was found dead in his home this morning.

One of London’s most talented and respected designers, his death comes on the opening day of New York fashion week. He was due to show his autumn/winter 2010 collection in Paris in March.

The son of a taxi driver and one of six children, Alexander McQueen was born in the East end of London in 1969. He left school at 16 to begin an apprenticeship on Savile Row with the tailor Anderson & Sheppard. His major breakthrough came when he was discovered by the Vogue stylist Isabella Blow in 1991. She bought the whole of his MA collection and promoted it within the pages of the fashion magazine. When Blow died in 2007, McQueen dedicated his spring/summer 2008 collection to her memory.