Alexander McQueen

Born in the East End of London, the son of a taxi driver, McQueen started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age. He left school at 16, landing himself an apprenticeship with a Savile Row tailor. During the next few years he worked for high profile clients, honed his craft, then applied to Central Saint Martins to do a Masters degree. His degree show got him noticed and he launched his career.