(Lee) ALEXANDER McQUEEN

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McQUEEN
“THE FEARLESS, REBELLIOUS AND EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF”
DIRECTORS: IAN BONHôTE, PETER ETTEDGUI

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“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.

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Lee’s beginnings included Central Saint Martins and Sinéad O’Connor on walkman. Sounds like a 90s art student to me.

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90s / flannel / sweatshirt game was strong.

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Isabella Blow was the friend / patron that suggested using Lee’s middle name of Alexander when starting his own label.

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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:

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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)

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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

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Watch the entire finale here.


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Alexander McQueen S/S 2001
VOSS


“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.

Jeff Glendenning