(Lee) ALEXANDER McQUEEN
“THE FEARLESS, REBELLIOUS AND EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF”
DIRECTORS: IAN BONHôTE, PETER ETTEDGUI
“In the early years, Lee had seen violent things” —from McQueen
Skulls are obviously ubiquitous, but the McQueen brand has owned it and often gives a fresh take. Catalog cover for The Met’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition at bottom.
Lee’s beginnings included Central Saint Martins and Sinéad O’Connor on walkman. Sounds like a 90s art student to me.
90s / flannel / sweatshirt game was strong.
Isabella Blow was the friend / patron that suggested using Lee’s middle name of Alexander when starting his own label.
The ‘c in the Q’ for the logotype was suggested by a friend at an early show for the McQueen label. The more refined Baskerville and memorable ‘Q’ to follow:
Photographer Nick Knight’s iconic shot of McQueen for the 1998 cover of The Face. Nick discusses here.
(Not in film / my own addition to his cultural legacy)
Not enough time to do his fashion shows justice here, but he said this moment even blew his mind. (Guaranteed goose bumps in doc)
Alexander McQueen S/S RTW 1999, No. 13
Watch the entire finale here.
Alexander McQueen S/S 2001
“I don’t want to do a show feeling like you’ve just had Sunday lunch, I want you to feel repulsed or exhilarated.” —Alexander McQueen
The show's set (GIF, bottom) included an homage to Joel-Peter Witkin’s Sanitarium, below.