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, inventive, and inspirational designer with greater than one hundred twenty five catwalk photos of his paintings as well as observation from an skilled model journalist and tributes via fashionable humans within the model international. additionally incorporated are pictures from his final assortment, provided at Paris model Week in 2010, and hailed by means of foreign media and type reviewers. The mum or dad 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 emphatic demonstration of the serious ability and artistry of McQueen» and the recent York instances reviewed as «His imaginative and prescient of Gothic glory, with a global bathed in non secular symbolism, used to be 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 across the world well-known. He earned the British fashion designer of the yr award 4 instances and his paintings was once really favourite by means of his megastar consumers together with Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Bjork, girl Gaga and Rihanna.

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2003 above The finale look at the Fall/Winter 2003 show was particularly exemplary of the near pyrotechnic-level of theatrics surrounding McQueen’s runway presentations. The audience gasped audibly as a model wearing a leather bodysuit hitched to a long, flowing kimono-like parachute blazed down the runway in the middle of a wind tunnel. 49 alexander mcqueen 2004 American Express Show London (Kate Moss) 50 2004 american express show london left Kate Moss models one of the original skull-print looks at the American Express Black show in London’s Earls Court venue in 2004.

Here, he reworked the kimono, this time in richly-embroidered silk and including his signature plunge-front, sculpted neckline. right McQueen here repeats the popular crisscross bodice from the previous season (Fall/Winter 2004). Gone is the floor-length goddess silhouette, instead replaced by a younger, flouncier tulle puffball abovethe-knee skirt. 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.

Here a model is pictured in a tattered reimagining of a flamenco dress worn over red and white polka dotted tights for an added component of layered texture. right This black suit from the Spring/Summer 2002 collection was McQueen’s modern take on the toreador. Worn without anything underneath, the suggestive leather straps convey a hint of McQueen’s telltale dark and aggressive sexual energy, which aligns nicely with the testosterone-fuelled concept of bullfighting. 36 spring/summer 2002 37 alexander mcqueen Fall/Winter 2002 38 left A purple-poncho-clad model leading two wolfish hounds opened McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2002 show at Paris’ La Conciergerie, the former prison of aristocrats during the French Revolution where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution.

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