He was celebrated for his audacious designs, his impeccable tailoring, and his theatrical catwalk shows, so it’s no surprise that Alexander McQueen’s former home is equally dramatic. The London residence could be yours if you have US$10.6 million to spare and seriously luxe taste.
McQueen dreamt of restoring this Mayfair duplex, purchased in April of 2009, but died before he could spend a night inside. The subsequent owner decided to continue the refurbishment in tribute to the designer, complete with a mirror-lined ‘catwalk’ and photographs of his most famous moments.
“It was a two-year labor of love,” Alex Lawrie, a spokesperson for Paul Davies London, told Women’s Wear Daily. “The current owner bought it as an investment, but later wanted to refurbish it as an homage to Alexander McQueen.”
The 1,790-square-foot penthouse at 17 Dunraven Street boasts marble bathrooms, VIP bedroom suites, and a roof terrace completed exactly according to McQueen’s initial renovation plan. The Art Deco-inspired interiors favour a colour palette of cream, silver, and black, with plenty of glitz in the form of plush textiles and glossy finishes. Keen eyes will also notice nods to the designer’s signature skull motif.
McQueen is not the only famous personage with ties to the property. It was originally built in 1897 as a townhouse and became the home of His Highness Alexander Mountbatten, grandson of Queen Victoria and relative of Louis and Philip Mountbatten. It was later acquired by beloved British writer P.G. Wodehouse, before being divided into flats following World War II.
The home is now listed with Knight Frank for £8.5 million. Cue McQueen fans everywhere adding this to the top of their Christmas lists.