After his tragic death nearly 18 months ago, reports have now surfaced that Alexander McQueen did, in fact, leave £50,000 of his £16 million fortune to his beloved pet dogs.
The 40-year-old designer also left another £50,000 to each of his two housekeepers, alongside a bulk of his estate to his Sarabande charity trust – who he asked to consider using the money to fund bursaries or grants for students at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, where he studied fashion.
The documents that were made public this Tuesday went onto reveal McQueen also bequeathed £50,000 to his godson and each of his nieces and nephews, as well as £250,000 to each of his three sisters and two brothers, and £100,000 each to the Terrence Higgins Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire.
“We’re thrilled that such an icon of the fashion world chose to leave a lasting gift to the home,” said Spencer Wisdom, solicitor and legacy manager for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
“Alexander was a devoted animal lover and a great supporter of Battersea, and we know he would be so proud to see his generous donation helping care for the thousands of dogs and cats at Battersea in need of a new home.”
McQueen’s fortune was valued at £16,036,500 before he sadly hung himself last year after taking a mixture of cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilisers on the day before his mother Joyce’s funeral, reports The Guardian.
His loss is still felt in the fashion world.