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Alexander McQueen funeral: fashion world bids farewell to designer

Fashion royalty turned out in force in London for the funeral of designer Alexander McQueen.

 
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Kate Moss arriving at the funeral of designer Alexander McQueen. The church service took place today at church of Saint Paul's Knightbridge in London
Kate Moss arriving at the funeral of designer Alexander McQueen Photo: Earl/Clements/Splash News
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Supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and fellow designer Stella McCartney joined members of McQueen's family to say a final farewell to the flamboyant fashionista.

About 100 mourners attended the funeral of McQueen, real name Lee, at St Paul's Church in leafy Knightsbridge, west London.

The congregation, including Ms Moss and Ms Campbell who were both dressed entirely in black, spent around an hour inside the church before the coffin - laden with pink, white and red roses - was carried out by four pallbearers.

It was loaded into a waiting hearse with "Lee" in white flowers on the back. The hearse drove off and slowly followed by two black stretch Jaguars carrying Mr McQueen's family.

Ms Moss, wearing a black knee length dress teamed with sunglasses, a black fur stole and black five inch Louboutin heels, looked upset as she got into a waiting car dressed.

She was followed by her close friend Ms McCartney who wore black pleated trousers, knee high boots and a short windjacket.

Ms Campbell was one of the last mourners to leave the church wearing a severed hat, black gloves and a jacket with oversize shoulder pads.

Artist Daphne Guinness teamed a black skirt suit with an elaborate Lady GaGa-style full length veil and beehive hairdo. Also among the mourners were artist and director Sam Taylor-Wood.

McQueen's father Ronald was joined by his five children at the ceremony which came two weeks after the 40-year-old's death.

He was discovered hanged in a wardrobe at his £2 million Mayfair home by his cleaner on the eve of his mother's funeral on February 11th.

An inquest into his death was told that he left a suicide note for his loved ones, which is believed to have been found at the scene. Friends told how he had locked himself away and refused to get out of bed after his mother Joyce, to whom he was said to have been extremely close, died on February 2nd.

McQueen, the son of an East End cabbie, had three sisters and two brothers. His sister Janet McQueen, from Hornchurch, who was among the mourners today, identified his body.

McQueen's death came just days before London Fashion Week, which opened last Friday.

One mourner said: "It was a lovely service."

McQueen's life is due to be remembered through his clothes at Paris Fashion week on March 9th.

 
 
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