ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’s 26 million dollars last will and testament was made public today – and his final wishes may help support young designers far in to the future. The designer, who committed suicide in February 2010, left the majority of his estate in a trust for his Sarabande charity, and asked it to consider using this money to fund bursaries or grants for students at Central Saint Martins.
The designer left 164,000 dollars each to The Terrence Higgins Trust and the London Buddhist Centre, theIndependent reports; 80,000 dollars to his housekeepers, Marlene and Cesar Garcia, for their “long and faithful service”; 80,000 dollars to his godson and each of his nieces and nephews; and 400,000 dollars to each of his three sisters and two brothers.
He also bequeathed 164,000 dollars to animal charities The Blue Cross and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The designer, known for his love of dogs in particular, left 80,000 dollars in a trust for the upkeep of his own beloved pet dogs.
“The Blue Cross relies on donations to help animals in need so we are thrilled to have been chosen to receive such a generous legacy from Alexander McQueen,” Kim Hamilton, chief executive of The Blue Cross said. “It is a touching tribute to his obvious love for his dogs, and his legacy will allow us to help many thousands more sick and homeless animals across the UK.”
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