Alexander McQueen!“If you leave my show without emotion then I’m not doing my job properly. I want you to feel repulsed or exhilarated.”
Alexander McQueen’s creative legacy is enormous. His deft hand and subversive energy shook-up the fashion system like no other creative before him could. Raw and romantic, tormented and enraged, he was able to channel otherworldly philosophies and originated dark and disruptive concepts that actually made us feel something. He produced outré, mega-artisanal spectacles that elevated fashion to a metaphysical and ontological status. At just 27, he helmed Givenchy and then went on to become the Ayatollah of the avant-garde before tragically taking his own life in 2010.
The designer took a circuitous route in life and work that is difficult to put into words. His fecund imagination and high-octane designs spanned diverse motifs that included beauty and decay, pleasure and pain, antiquity and futurism, sex and death. Sublime, visceral and deeply theatrical, Alexander McQueen transcended fashion in immeasurable and amazing ways. He once remarked, “I don’t want to do a cocktail party, I’d rather people left my shows and vomited.” VIVISXN celebrates some of his most radical confections and alchemical fashion shows as the new doc, McQueen, debuts today along with a fascinating photo exhibit, Working Process, at Tate Britain. Our faves below…
Images via McQueen (Lionsgate Films UK) + Gary Wallis + Ann Ray + Nick Waplington
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