Our £20 notes are going to look very different come 2020 because this week, the Bank of England announced they are looking for someone “within the field of visual arts” to replace Scottish economist Adam Smith on the £20 note. While Ladbrokes has already named artist William Hogarth and filmmaker Richard Attenborough as joint favourites at 4-1, Alexander McQueen isn’t too far behind at 8-1.
The best part is that you can have your say about who you think should get the top spot. All you need to do is go on the bank’s website and cast your vote. But before you go nominating celeb, be warned – all the votes cast will go through a screening process and the final decision will be made by Bank of England governor Mark Carney alongside a panel including top artists and writers.
If the famed designer is selected, the introduction of the new note will mark 10 years since his death in 2010. Born and raised in East London, McQueen tragically committed suicide in his Mayfair home just nine days after the death of his mother.
While alive, McQueen dressed everyone for the red carpet from Sarah Jessica Parker to BFFs Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. The label has become even more world-famous since his untimely death after creative director Sarah Burton, McQueen’s former right-hand woman, designed the Duchess of Cambridge’s iconic wedding gown back in 2011.
McQueen’s life’s work is currently being exhibited in a sell-out, record-breaking exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.