31st March 2020
GARMENT ARCHIVES: ALEXANDER McQUEEN
Welcome to Garment Archives, where we delve into archive collections from our favourite designers, taking a look at iconic collections and unforgettable pieces.
A master tailor with a natural flair for pattern cutting, Alexander McQueen was famed for his dramatic catwalk shows, historical, heritage inspired collections and his rule-breaking designs.
McQueen burst onto the scene when his graduate collection was purchased in full by influential stylist Isabella Blow. He went on to work as creative director at Givenchy, open Alexander McQueen stores across the globe and win British Designer of the year 4 times.
The son of a taxi driver, the world of high end fashion never looked like the most likely career choice for Alexander McQueen. There was a stark contrast between his humble East End upbringing and the splendour of the fashion world. Contrast would be something that would come to define McQueen collections.
Throughout his collections, McQueen would always look to bring polarizing subjects and meld them together. Man versus machine, nature versus technology, the living and the dead were all themes that were explored throughout McQueen's design history.
VOSS SS01 Show
Having already gained a reputation for his theatrical catwalk shows, including shipwrecks, a human chess game and a life-size hologram of Kate Moss, McQueen's SS01 show, entitled Voss, is one of his most memorable.
The catwalk was designed around a glass box that resembled a padded cell in a psychiatric hospital. McQueen used his bespoke tailoring to create a fantastical display of quintessential pieces.
From mussel-shell skirts to a top made from a jigsaw puzzle; and an intricate feathered piece complete with a stuffed eagle hovering above the model.
SS15 Oversized Sneakers
Under current creative director Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen released the now iconic Oversized Sneakers in their Spring Summer 2015 collection.
The oversized sneakers have been one of the most popular sneakers in the word since their release 5 years ago. With a chunky 2" sole elevating the classic tennis shoe style, the design sits alongside Knuckle Duster handbags and Silk Skull Scarves as defining the unmistakable aesthetic of Alexander McQueen.