Icelandic singer Bjork believes Alexander McQueen's ''connection'' with death inspired his collections.
The 40-year-old British designer - real name Lee McQueen - took his own life on the eve of his mother's funeral in February and the Icelandic singer thinks his "daredevil" tendencies made him a better designer.
She told GQ.com: "I felt Lee's raw connection with nature and birth and death was very refreshing. When I moved to London, being from Iceland, I sometimes found the self-importance in the UK's obsession with the decay of its empire boring, to insist the whole world is dying with them.
"Lee had so many ideas that he overcame this dilemma with fertility, raw gusto, sense of fun and courage. He was the kind of daredevil that looks death and birth straight in the eye."
Bjork - who dressed as an angel and performed a heartfelt rendition of Billie Holiday's 'Gloomy Sunday' at the designer's memorial service last month - also posted a moving tribute on her website.
She wrote: "dear lee, i can´t stop thinking how both fierce and feeble you are , it is difficult to grasp this, my condolences go out to your family and friends and all your team who must be all trying to fathom this. (sic)"