Alexander McQueen leaves £50,000 of £16m fortune to his petsKeith
With a characteristically eccentric final flourish, Mcqueen has bequeathed £50,000 of the designer’s £16m fortune to his beloved pet dogs.
The 40-year-old left another £50,000 to each of his two housekeepers, one of whom found him hanged in a wardrobe in his Mayfair flat nearly 18 months ago.
However, documents made public on Tuesday reveal that he left the bulk of his estate in a trust for his Sarabande charity, which shares a name with his spring/summer 2007 collection, famous for including a dress adorned with fresh flowers.
He asked the charity to consider using this money to fund bursaries or grants for students at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, where he studied fashion.
Other charities – the Terrence Higgins Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire -– also received £100,000 each.
McQueen’s fortune was valued at £16,036,500. He died on 11 February last year, when he hanged himself after taking a mixture of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilisers on the day before his mother Joyce’s funeral.
The will includes provision for £50,000 to be put into a trust for the upkeep of his bull terriers for the rest of their lives.