“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”
Impressed by the talented Alexander McQueen
“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”
Yesterday I visited the exhibition Museum of Savage Beauty by Alexander McQueen at Victoria and Albert Museum in London. And from the begin to the end I was moved by this all. So impressive to see this art all together. I can’t call it fashion anymore. This is couture! This is art from a the highest level. And when you can observe these items very close… it’s amazing someone has made this.
In 2003 I was so lucky I could see his show in Paris.. and it still was one of the most impressive runways ever!
The show I saw in 2003:
“I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.”
It showcases the extraordinary and innovative work of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The exhibit, which features McQueen’s work spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished 2010 collection.
“My collections have always been autobiographical,” he said in 2002, “a lot to do with my own sexuality and coming to terms with the person I am—it was like exorcising my ghosts in the collections. They were to do with my childhood, the way I think about life and the way I was brought up to think about life.”
““I don’t think like the average person on the street,” he said. “I think quite perversely sometimes.” He visualized and made real the deviant and the depraved, but swathed his dark ideas in exquisite fabrics and constructed them around elegantly tailored pieces, clothes that were beautiful and, despite repeated accusations of misogyny, incredibly empowering for women.
“When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there’s a certain hardness to the clothes that makes her look powerful,” he said. “It kind of fends people off.”
What I noticed, was the size of the clothes… in the beginning the dolls were wearing size 34-36 EU… but more and more to the end, the last was in 2010, the clothes were for size 30-32 models. Specially the last collection was extreme small. Also for this collection, insect kind of feeling the models had to look like. Extreme long legs, specially with these heels. And the accent of the waist, the hips were made larger… so the models had extreme hourglass shapes.
Check out his last show: