By Kristin Knox
This tribute to Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) celebrates the genius of an iconic, ingenious, and inspirational designer with greater than a hundred twenty five catwalk pictures of his paintings as well as observation from an skilled style journalist and tributes by means of well-liked humans within the style international. additionally integrated are photos from his final assortment, provided at Paris type Week in 2010, and hailed by way of overseas media and type reviewers. The father or mother known as it «truly spectacular...a triumph» the L.A. instances praised it as «masterpieces... runway showstoppers» The Telegraph raved «The designs have been brilliant, dramatic and evocative...an emphatic demonstration of the serious ability and artistry of McQueen» and the recent York occasions reviewed as «His imaginative and prescient of Gothic glory, with a global bathed in non secular symbolism, was once translated not only with sizeable subtlety and wonder but in addition with the pressing futurism that used to be the essence of his spirit.» McQueens dramatic designs have been artistically profitable and the world over famous. He earned the British dressmaker of the yr award 4 instances and his paintings was once fairly favourite via his megastar consumers together with Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Bjork, woman Gaga and Rihanna.
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The arrival of a heroic ﬁgure at the show’s end illustrates McQueen’s inclination to present clear and easy-to-follow narratives on his runways. 40 Spring/Summer 2003 The Spring/Summer collection of 2003 was another showcase divided into distinct movements – pirates, shipwrecked maidens in tattered, gauzy ﬂoor-length ball gowns, and ﬁnally the rainforests and the birds-ofparadise who occupy their lush canopies. This particular look stems from references to the rainforest, an early instance of McQueen’s fascination with the environment and man’s detrimental effect upon it.
Same basic concept, but totally different appeal. alexander mcqueen This look from Spring/Summer 2005 is an amalgam of many of McQueen’s more successful sartorial experiments over the years. The rigid molded corset reaches back to Spring/Summer 2000, but this version, updated with mouth brace and resembling a full body cast, references the hospital theme of the Spring/Summer 2001 collection. The wig elements in both the skirt and long ponytail suggest the garb of a Mongolian warrior and are reminiscent of McQueen’s toying with traditional Asian military dress two years prior, in his Fall/Winter 2003 collection.
31 alexander mcqueen Yet another articulation of the bird theme in the Spring/Summer 2001 collection. This shift, adorned with large plumes, nearly overwhelms the tiny frame of the model, her arms outstretched like a baby bird about to take wing. 32 fall/winter 2001 Fall/Winter 2001 A model wears a Chinese-inspired ensemble at the Fall/Winter 2001 show in London. Set to the tune of a children’s festival, and complete with a merry-go-round, in this show McQueen sought to expose the sinister side of the circus, where a clown could be viewed as a thing of comic amusement or nightmarish terror.
Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation by Kristin Knox