AnOther Magazine has a special issue out with beautiful and wonderful articles about Alexander McQueen (the Wikipedia entry is recommended and used in this blog, with thanks!). Lee McQueen was certainly one of the most brilliant designers of his generation and has a deep legacy here in London. So in with Dazed [EC1V 9BG] the publishers of AnOther Magazine, Exact Editions is creating some free ByPlace locations in London where the app for AnOtherMagazine will be completely free for the next six months. If you go to the post code locations dotted through this blog you will be able to get free access to the whole archive of the magazine including this spectacular commemorative issue. Make sure you have location services switched on for your iOS device, go and pick up the free AnOther Magazine app in iTunes and say “Yes” when the app asks you whether you want free access by location! Then all you need to do is walk around London checking out these places with their Alexander McQueen association. The app will alert you when you walk into a free zone. Lee (to his friends) McQueen was born in Lewisham but spent his childhood in Stratford. He attended Carpenters Road Primary School[E15 2JQ], where he started making dresses for his three sisters……McQueen later went to Rokeby School [E16 4DD] and left aged 16 in 1985 with one O-level in art, going on to serve an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard [W1S 3AT] ….later he applied to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design [WC2H 0HZ] …..His first collection Taxi Driver was at the Ritz Hotel [W1J 9BR] McQueen was known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows: a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection; spring 2005’s human chess game; and his fall 2006 show “Widows of Culloden“, which featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss dressed in yards of rippling fabric. There is an Alexander McQueen flagship store in Bond St, [W1S 4PD]. Alexander McQueen’s showrooms are in Clerkenwell [EC1M 5QA]. Not far from the Exact Editions office, which also has ByPlace free access [EC1R 4RN]

Lee McQueen died five years ago by his own hand, and his funeral took place on 25 February 2010 at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, West London [SW1X 8SH]. His ashes were later scattered on the Isle of Skye, at the Kilmuir cemetary [IV51 9UE]

If you manage to visit all those places, you will probably be first in line for the the celebratory exhibition shortly opening at the V&A: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty [SW7 2RL]. It broke box office records when it premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, [NY 10028] We expect to be posting some more points for free ByPlace access to AnOther Magazine, so it may be time to pack your Epi Pégase 45 suitcase.


Blue circle shows free zone at Carpenters Road

A quick reminder. You can download the free app from iTunes

Making sure that your Apple device has location services switched on, let the app have your location and agree to getting free content where it is available. When you walk into a free zone

1. Download the app
2. Scroll past the free pages
3. Switch on ByPlace
4. Enjoy reading