Before he went solo, he had a five-year tenure as the head designer for iconic design house Givenchy. Givenchy, known for ultra-feminine clothes and for dressing the likes of Audrey Hepburn, got an infusion of edginess with McQueen, as evidenced with the Fall 1997 collection he helmed.
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Never one to just send a model walking down the runway, for his Fall 2003 Paris show, McQueen — inspired by a nomad's journey into the tundra — placed them inside a torrential wind tunnel in hand-painted, billowing fabrics. "As a designer, you've always got to push yourself forward," he has said. "You've always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That's what I do."
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