Feb 14, 2010
Saint Laurent partner hails McQueen
Feb 14, 2010
PARIS, Feb 11, 2010 (AFP) - Pierre Berge, the former partner of the late Yves Saint Laurent, hailed the talent of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen who was found dead at his London home on Thursday 11 February.
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"This death upsets me greatly," Berge said on France Info radio. "He had talent and was an artist."
Asked to comment on McQueen's contribution to fashion, Berge said "contribution, let's not exagerate. Not many people contribute in life. In any case, he was talented, he showed it, he was passionate about fashion."
McQueen viewed Saint Laurent as a genius and a source of inspiration. When the French designer died in 2008, McQueen said Saint Laurent was "the reason why I am in fashion".
"To me fashion should predict the time we live in. He did this is the 60s and 70s," McQueen said at the time. "Pure genius and a man that I always revered and tried to emulate."
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