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Alexander McQueen, post-McQueen, shares challenges with other labels when the top designer departs

May 8, 2011 |  6:03 am

Mcqueen Alexander McQueen's  label was known for its edgy, dark vibe as much as it was for its skillful workmanship and artistic details.

Then McQueen committed suicide last year and was replaced by his longtime assistant, Sarah Burton. Could a label so imbued with its design director's aesthetic and personality survive his passing?

So far, yes. Witness the prestige of designing the most viewed wedding gown in recent history, as Kate Middleton walked down the aisle to wed Prince William and become Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

 Fashion critic Booth Moore examines the challenges and opportunities for McQueen and other labels when they lose their creative directors. Read more about it here, and see what's happened to brands from Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent when they've lost their top guns by clicking here.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Sarah Burton. Credit: Justin Lane / EPA