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WATCH: Alexander McQueen's 10 Best Runway Shows

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Beautiful, poetic, innovative, shocking, theatrical, over-the-top, decadent, other-wordly — all words to describe Alexander McQueen’s legendary runway shows, which elevated the events into the realm of spectacle. Not that McQueen ever relied on the theatrics to mask his clothing; indeed, they were only meant to enhance and expound upon the intellectual themes he infused his collections with. From his canny use of technologies — the paint-spraying robots of his Spring ’99 show — to his Hollywood references — his Spring ’04 tribute to They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? — to his always-wild accessories, McQueen always delivered couture-worthty clothing with Savile Row tailoring and tons of sex appeal. Watch his best runway shows here, and read all the breaking news on his death on PEOPLE.com.