Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We Built Our Own World

An Alexander McQueen fashion show is always a dramatic affair. Audiences are just full of anticipation. From the beginning of his career, he has set out through fashion to challenge and confront our perceptions. A lord of misrule—but he is also a sensitive and creative genius, who has given us some of the most romantic and feminine clothes of the last 15 years. Ever since his first London show, Alexander McQueen’s fashion vocabulary has been remarkably consistent. One part of him loves the decadence of in your face sexuality: the strong pagoda shoulders, latex, masculine tailoring, leather cut like lace, harnesses, and huge hair. But the other is attracted to an almost 18th century concept of feminine refinement and grace: rose embroidery, lace manteas, pale cuffs. Both are about empowering women through beautiful garments. A true creative genius, McQueen has a magnificent sense of drama, a cineaste in the tradition of the 40’s film noir directors in Hollywood. But above all: Alfred Hitchcock, whose The Birds and The Man Who Knew Too Much were actually used my McQueen as titles of collections. And whose ice cool screen goddesses, such as Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Tippi Hedren are frequently reinvented on Alexander McQueen’s endlessly fascinating runways. Where you must always expect the unexpected. –Colin McDowell


  1. haha,the intrduction is the best!!!

  2. THANK YOU! Alexander McQueen was one of the top three reasons I feel in love with fashion in the 1990s.

  3. brilliant! thanks for posting. what more can be said? :)

  4. hey!
    i love the principle of 'empowering women through beautiful garments'. i find that one can feel quite uplifted, even in a cheaper item, if it is well constructed. this is often the only pick me up i need when i'm feeling low.

    oh, and send me the list, please. i'd love to look it over. no chance they have a 'best tailors' list, too...?
    (thanks in advance)

  5. thanks for the video - i'm discovering much of mcqueen's work via these retrospectives, but i appreciate the risks he took as a designer and his magnificent technical skill.

  6. Hi girl...
    found you on Nannes blogg, and she is right. You do excellent work:)

    Have a great day.

  7. Wow, great post! and really interesting intro!

    - www.itsanewkate.blogspot.com


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