Alexander McQueen, the celebrated British fashion designer whose recent “hoof” shoes innovation surprised a generally jaded industry, is dead after taking his own life by hanging himself. He was 40. In 2002, he told British Vogue, “I came out really young. I was never in [the closet]. I was sure of myself and my sexuality and I’ve got nothing to hide. I went straight from my mother’s womb onto the gay parade.” At the time, he talked about having a child: “I deserve one because I’ve got a lot of love to give.” McQueen’s death follows last week’s passing of his mother.