Alexander McQueen pictured with model Kate Moss in 1997
A beautiful mansion once owned by the bad boy of British fashion, Alexander McQueen, has hit the market for £2.5 million.
The tragic design genius, who committed suicide in 2010, aged just 40, lived at the property in Aberdeen Road, Highbury, north London, from 2001-2005.
He was at the height of his success during those years after storming into the fashion world as chief designer at Givenchy in 1996 and launching his own label in 2001.
He was awarded four British Designer of the Year awards in 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003.
A-listers clamored for his clothes and in 2011, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a stunning £250,000 lace and silk Alexander McQueen dress. More recently, the Duchess of Sussex has also favored McQueen’s label, which continued after his death.
Known to his friends by his first name Lee, McQueen fell in love with the Victorian home that had been redesigned internally at the behest of a previous owner, hairdresser Guido Palau, once described by Vogue as “the world’s most in-demand hair.” stylist.’
Guido and McQueen were both on a 2009 list of the British Fashion Council’s ’25 most powerful people in the fashion industry’, along with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
The North London mansion where McQueen lived from 2001 to 2005 has been marketed by its owners for £2.5million
The property is advertised on Rightmove where the ‘interiors exemplify a truly contemporary approach to design’
Before McQueen bought it, the house was owned by hairstylist Guido Palau, who commissioned the architectural intervention.
While the four-bedroom property looks just like any other on the street from the outside, the interior is much more modern
While the four bedroom terraced house in Aberdeen Road looks just like any other on the street from the outside, the interior is much more modern.
A green plaque on the front shows that the designer lived there
According to agents rightmove.co.uk, “the reverence of Victorian proportions has been eschewed in favor of sleek, expansive, minimalist spaces” created by architects Azman Owens.
The tree-lined cul-de-sac runs directly between Highbury and Canonbury.
Style Bible Elle showed the project in 2000 when it was completed, noting, ‘The beauty of Azman Owens’ design is that it looks like a Victorian home converted into a calm, modern space, rather than pretending to be a something it isn’t. ‘
The property details continue: ‘Original pine floorboards extend from the entrance hall to the dining room and kitchen on the raised ground floor.
These spaces exhibit an understated, minimalist aesthetic with Victorian doors, fireplaces and moldings removed in favor of clean, flowing lines and a low concrete hearth.
‘The result is a whole of living spaces bathed in natural light, continuously running from front to back.’
Beyond the bay window dining room on the raised ground floor, the sleek modern kitchen has marble countertops on one side and a breakfast bar on the other. A Juliet balcony overlooks the leafy garden below.
On the floor below is a cozy sitting room with Crittall doors leading to the patio. The lower floor can be converted into a separate living area as it has its own bedroom with bathroom, utility room and front entrance.
The details say that on the ground floor is a cozy sitting room with Crittall doors (pictured above) leading out to the patio
Two spacious double bedrooms (shown) with high ceilings and large sliding windows are on the first floor and the master bedroom suite is on the second floor with fitted wardrobes and a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden
According to the specifics, ‘the patio space is brilliantly set up as a flowing continuation of the living areas on the lower floor and is perfect for alfresco dining on warm summer evenings and cooler nights, which can be spent in front of the open fire.’
Two spacious double rooms with high ceilings and large sliding windows are on the first floor and the master bedroom suite is on the second floor with fitted wardrobes and a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden.