It was only a matter of time. The late British designer Alexander McQueen, former enfant terrible of the fashion industry, is set to be the next great creative director immortalised on screen. Following in the footsteps of designers like Raf Simon, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Coco Chanel, plus the world's most revered editor, US Vogue's Anna Wintour, the McQueen movie will bring life to the fashion designer's work. Known for his love of gothic romanticism, impeccable tailoring and dramatic runway shows, McQueen was cast as a legendary figure during his noughties heyday.
Hailing from a working class background, McQueen's career highlights include a Savile Row tailoring apprenticeship, Masters Degree at Central Saint Martin's, a five year stint as chief designer at Givenchy and - most famously - the launch of his eponymous label, today helmed by Sarah Burton. Openly gay and with a history of drug problems, McQueen's colourful life was tragically cut short when he committed suicide in 2010, just days after his beloved mother's death. With a life story like this, you can see why they want to make a film. Thankfully, it's in the right hands.
The planned biopic will be based on Andrew Wilson's 2015 biography Blood Beneath The Skin and is set to be directed by Andrew Haigh, who directed 45 Years (star Charlotte Rampling is up for a Best Actress Oscar). On board to produce is The Iron Lady's Damien Jones and Pathé, as well as playwright Chris Urch for the screenplay. Given the immense success of the Alexander McQueen exhibition Savage Beauty at New York's Metropolitan of Art in 2011 and at London's Victoria & Albert Museum last year - we're betting moviegoers will flock to see the biopic, too. Watch this space for updates.