Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation by Kristin Knox

By Kristin Knox

This tribute to Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) celebrates the genius of an iconic, creative, and inspirational clothier with greater than a hundred twenty five catwalk pictures of his paintings as well as remark from an skilled type journalist and tributes through admired humans within the type international. additionally incorporated are images from his final assortment, provided at Paris type Week in 2010, and hailed by way of foreign media and type reviewers. The mother or father known as it «truly spectacular...a triumph» the L.A. instances praised it as «masterpieces... runway showstoppers» The Telegraph raved «The designs have been vibrant, dramatic and evocative...an emphatic demonstration of the serious ability and artistry of McQueen» and the hot York instances reviewed as «His imaginative and prescient of Gothic glory, with a global bathed in spiritual symbolism, used to be translated not only with titanic 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 clothier of the yr award 4 occasions and his paintings was once fairly favorite by means of his star consumers together with Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Bjork, woman Gaga and Rihanna.

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Here Estonian supermodel Tiiu Kuik wears an extreme rendition of the classic evening gown. Unlike many McQueen shows, the shock value in this look lies purely in the design itself and not its presentation. 58 fall/winter 2004 59 alexander mcqueen Another futuristic evening look from the Fall/ Winter 2004 collection. The gaping widened collar takes this heavily embellished corsetstyle jacket from Tudor times to the 23rd century. right This conceptual silhouette from Fall/ Winter 2004 seems to devour its model’s head and is an early gesture towards the super-sculpted grotesquely exaggerated shapes to come on McQueen’s Fall/ Winter 2008 and 2009 runways.

30 spring/summer 2001 Another look from the Spring/Summer 2001 show, encapsulating both the avian and asylum themes of the collection. The taxidermy eagles seem to be swooping on the feather-skirted model, either in aggressive attack or perhaps serene rescue. The bandagestyle headband framing her face links back to the theme of the psychiatric hospital and the feather-adorned skirt underscores the collection’s references to Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds. 31 alexander mcqueen Yet another articulation of the bird theme in the Spring/Summer 2001 collection.

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.

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