Alexander McQueen was born in 17th March 1969 in London and, as everybody knows, he was a splendid fashion designer.
Nowadays, fashion is so tired and repetitive; it’s all about the same. More and more fashion industry proves it works as a circle – every style and look are brought back and “reinvented” every season.
Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue: “He wanted to investigate the new and not just play around with the old and the accepted”
In the last years, McQueen has proven that he was the only one who could still amaze with his astonishing creations and conceptual fashion shows. Creativity, boldness, keen eye for detail and elegance were McQueen’s middle name. The Enfant Terrible was known by his avant-garde approach to fashion.
Every show was remarkably theatrical and had a strong concept behind it.
A lot of sources say that his shows brought tears of happiness and frustration to see such strong pieces and to feel fashion in such an emotional and powerful way.
McQueen wanted to demonstrate that fashion was much more than numbers, empty branding and robotic industry. He aimed to express that creativity and personality should be a part of the fashion industry.
“The show shouldn’t overshadow the clothes and vice versa. There always must be some sort of interaction with the audience to get the message across that’s going through your mind.” Alexander McQueen
Some McQueen’s shows
“Grafitti meets fashion”, 1999
McQueen’s Spring/Summer show concluded in different way. Two auto-painting robots sprayed a model wearing a white dress. The fashion designer wanted to show, in a conceptual approach, the evolution of fashion as a commodity and the drop into a digital roboticized age.
“The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity.” Alexander McQueen
“Deliverance” spring / summer 2004
Inspired by the film They shoot horses, don’t they, this was the most eclectic McQueen’s show. Dancing and frenezin, mixed with fancy and happy clothes.
“Sarabande” spring / summer 2007
Romanticism was the main theme of this collection. The fashion show was accompanied by an orchestra and a big white chandelier
“La Dame Bleue” spring / summer 2008
All inspired by Isabella Blow, his beloved friend.
“The girl who lived in the tree” fall / winter 2008
A fashion fairy tale based on the British Empire, the Queens of England, the Duke of Wellington, toy soldiers and punk princesses.
“Natural Dis-tinction Un-natural Selection” spring / summer 2009
McQueen exacerbated Nature and its powerful shapes and patterns. The concept of this collection is about the survival of the fittest, Charles Darwin, and the bad consequences of industrialization in the world.
“There is no better designer than nature” Alexander McQueen
“The Horn Of Plenty” fall / winter 2009
Black, red and white – the main haute couture colors embedded in sumptuous gowns and big red lips. “The concept is a play between a profound respect for and the subversion of the haute couture tradition.” Alexander McQueen
“Plato’s Atlantis”, Spring/Summer 2010
Evolution! Evolution! Evolution! This was his last fashion show. He presented glamorous, magnificent and sparkling outfits. All the prints have his signature and were made especially for every individual garment.
With this show, fashion world suffer a big turnaround. The recycled trends are no longer accepted. McQueen introduced the Alien shoes that astonished some and shocked others.
Lady Gaga wore a few outfits from this collection on the famous video – Bad Romance.
After searching a lot and seeing all of his collections, a rage took over me! I just realize that it was not the fashion industry that had a huge loss with his death, but the whole world! We lost a colossal creative mind, a visionary and a revolutionary!
Lee McQueen, rest in peace! The world will miss you!