The evolution of Alexander McQueen is one of the most fascinating stories of the fashion world. It all began in London when a Mr. Lee Alexander McQueen was born, and his mastery of tailoring and costume skills were developed in his youth on placements and in education. McQueen became one of the most respected designers in the world for his unique imagination and forward thinking designs. The story of the evolution of Alexander McQueen goes deep in to the transformation of fashion and the personal lives of many, so we will take you through some of the most significant chapters.
Lee Alexander McQueen
If you didn’t already know, Lee Alexander McQueen tragically took his own life in 2010, leaving his close friend and business associate of 14 years Sarah Burton in charge of the brand. Together, they had created revolutionary fashion. His Achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards as well as the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award in 2003. It wasn’t just catwalk fashion McQueen was involved with, though. At one point McQueen designed the wardrobe for music legend David Bowie whilst he was on tour, as well as the Union Jack coat worn by Bowie on the cover of his 1997 album Earthling. The British designer also teamed up with Icelandic singer Bjork on numerous occasions, designing her outfits for various live shows and album covers.
It was McQueen’s early runway shows that really boosted him to global recognition in the fashion industry. The shows would always feature controversial, shock tactics and would leave opinions firmly divided. They infamously earned him the title of “The Hooligan of British Fashion” at one point, but it was this exact reputation that would spark the evolution of Alexander McQueen and transform the fashion world for good. One particular show that sparked controversy was his dark depiction of Scottish heritage named ‘Highland Rape’. Another was his trouser creation that he titled “The bumster” which many believe started the trend of wearing trousers slouched off the bum. Another show worth recognising was his breathtaking “widows of Culloden” which featured an enormous hologram of model Kate Moss, check it out in the video below.
Burton is endlessly praised for her vision, and in April 2011 she received global recognition as the designer of the wedding dress for Kate Middleton. Later that year she won the Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards showing her talents were only increasing. Less than a year later, Burton was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry.
Wonderfully innovative fashion has been produced by Burton, during her time as the brand’s Creative Director, with a focus on handcraft showcasing her technical expertise.
Showcasing the new A/W 2017 collection, Burton’s vision for the new range was taken from influences from the Middle Ages. Dark and edgy femininity shone through on the runway with staging including blue skies, rough seas and coastline, and ancient traditions. Magic and mystery of the past were used as inspiration and the models donned studs, scarlet reds, fur, long dresses and heavy lace. The accessories are heavy and bold, studs, large stones and excess beading are used for eye-catching jewelry that compliments the edgy clothing. As for the eyewear, oversized frames and striking colours are used as the experimental character of the collection is carried through.
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