McQueen to be the face of British currency?
Long live McQueen. After the Bank of England announced they wanted the public to aide in choosing a creative figure to face the £20 note, discussion sparked instantly. Although it’s too early to call, as the decision will be announced in 2016, many are speculating that iconic British fashion designer Alexander McQueen will grace the new currency.
“Banknotes are the principal way the Bank of England engages with the British public,” claimed Mark Carney, the head of the organization. “I greatly look forward to hearing from the public who they would like to celebrate.”
This seems to follow a trend of changing the face of currency (a recent poll saw interest in Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20), but Britain has a history of updating its money: Winston Churchill is set to be the new face of the £5 note and Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin on the £10 note. Hopefully McQueen will follow suit.
The seminal designer was a pioneer for English fashion known for his theatrical fashion shows and numerous celebrity clients (Bjork, Kate Moss and Lady Gaga to name a few). This news come in light of his sister recently revealing secrets of his abusive childhood. After his suicide in 2010, he is still remembered and his retrospective Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty is currently featured at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. We only hope that McQueen will continued to be honored in England where his influence on fashion is ubiquitous.