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In this May 13, 2008 file photo, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen arrives for the Los Angeles Alexander McQueen Boutique launch party in Los Angeles. A new documentary "McQueen" focuses on the late designer, who killed himself in 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

A new documentary, McQueen, examines the turbulent life and brilliant career of Alexander McQueen.

The British designer took his own life eight years ago at age 40, when he was at the height of his influence in the fashion world.

The London fashion world didn't know quite what hit it when Alexander McQueen's dishevelled models staggered down the runway at his 1995 Highland Rape show.

It was exactly the reaction that McQueen, then in his 20s and subsisting on McDonald's and unemployment checks, was seeking.

How did a taxi driver's son from working-class London make the unlikely journey to the top of the fashion world, and what made him end it all at the height of his powers?

For filmmakers Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui, the two questions proved irresistible; their resulting documentary, McQueen, opens this week.

The filmmakers say they approached nearly 200 sources, searching for any footage of McQueen's work.

The documentary includes scenes from McQueen's most famous and provocative runway shows, and rare, candid interviews with the designer. It also includes new interviews with a number of McQueen's associates and key family members, including his older sister and his nephew.

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