McQueen to receive posthumous honour

Alexander McQueen is to receive a posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design at the British Fashion Awards.

The prestigious ceremony will take place in London and marks the achievements of the internationally revered creative with a short film directed by Nick Knight.

The designer - full name Lee Alexander McQueen - was renowned for his modern dressmaking, daring fashion shows and passionate design ethos.

He also won the British Designer of the Year prize four times throughout his career.

The creator took his own life in February this year at the age of 40, and the film set to be shown will display both the “dark and light” aspects of his personality.

"This film is my way of speaking about a very unique and important person who changed my life. My desire was to speak in some way about the dark and the light contained with Lee, and within us all," Nick explained.

The short movie will also show some of his most famous creations and feature a soundtrack by singer Björk.

The British Fashion Council (BFC) said that when it came to deciding who should receive the top crown, the iconic designer was the obvious person in the running.

"There was only one person we felt we could recognise with this award this year - Lee McQueen," said Harold Tillman, CBE, the chairman of the BFC.