Friday, February 12, 2010


He was known for his rebelliousness, developing a reputation for controversy and shock tactics.
He was described by many as a hugely influential designer & fashion icon, having paved the way for many a trend throughout his 33 years in fashion. His label is known for its dramatic, gorgeously constructed pieces, combining elements of British tailoring with French couture.
All these statements are very true but I know the one dominant influence I will certainly be remembering him by will be for his exhilarating, thrilling, uber creative, dramatic, unpredictable & breathtakingly innovative catwalk shows which were nothing short of pure theatrical energy
Featuring spray-painted gowns, a pyramid containing a hologram of Kate Moss, amputee models, dresses made from fresh flowers or his most recent collection of exotic reptilian skins being the central theme & possibly the most talked about & controversial shoes of all time.
In what was to be his last ever collection,  it was said according to an internal logic detailed in a press release,  that McQueen was casting an apocalyptic forecast of the future ecological meltdown of the world: Humankind is made up of creatures that evolved from the sea, and we may be heading back to an underwater future as the ice cap dissolves.
My personal favourite was Alexander's Spring/ Summer 2005 catwalk show which was inspired from a simple game of chess, taking it & turning it into the human version: Ingenious

Take a look, below, at some of his most memorable catwalk shows.


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