Sunday, November 25, 2012

The one with the King

I'm not sure if I want to tell you about a well-known brand or a fascinating person, but I'm absolutely sure in one thing - I'm going to tell you about pure, inspiring and unbelievable art, savage beauty.


Lee Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose strength with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. He is also known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003.

For the untitled Spring/Summer 1999 catwalk show, Shalom Harlow's white cotton dress was sprayed by car robots as she was spun around a platform.

 Costume designer Jany Temime was exposed for copying a dress from the Autumn/Winter 2008 collection The Girl Who Lived In The Tree, for her work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Lee McQueen founded a fashion house, in 1992. It was the suggestion of Isabella Blow that McQueen use his middle namefor the label. Its current creative director is Sarah Burton.

McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics. Lee was known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows: a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection; spring 2005's human chess game; and his fall 2006 show "Widows of Culloden", which featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss dressed in yards of rippling fabric.  McQueen has been credited with bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk. He used new technology and innovation to add a different twist to his shows and often shocked and surprised audiences. The silhouettes that he created have been credited for adding a sense of fantasy and rebellion to fashion. McQueen became one of the first designers to use Indian models in London.
                                                                Kate Moss Hologram

Alexander McQueen later described his thoughts on the idea used during VOSS of forcing his audience to stare at their own reflection in the mirrored walls for over an hour:

"Ha! I was really pleased about that. I was looking at it on the monitor, watching everyone trying not to look at themselves. It was a great thing to do in the fashion industry—turn it back on them! God, I’ve had some freaky shows.”
                                                                                                            All fashion shows

   The Last Lee McQueen collection

Alexander McQueen’s autumn collection is inspired by Byzantine art, the carvings of Grinling Gibbons, and Old Master paintings and altar pieces including, in particular, works by Jean Fouquet, Sandro Botticelli, Stephan Lochner, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Jean Hey and Heironymus Bosch.

"Each piece is unique, as was he"
 McQueen's fashion house said in a statement that was released with the collection.


McQueen's death was announced on the afternoon of 11 February 2010. In the morning, his housekeeper found him hanging at his home on Green Street, London W1.  McQueen died nine days after the death of his mother, Joyce, 75, from cancer. He left a note saying,
"Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee."
On 16 February 2010, pop musician Lady Gaga performed an acoustic, jazz rendition of her hit single "Telephone" and segued into "Dance in the Dark" at the 2010 Brit Awards. During the performance, Gaga honored McQueen, saying, "this is for Alexander McQueen". She also commemorated McQueen after accepting her award for Best International Artist, Best International Female, and Best International Album. Gaga dedicated a song to him, titled "Fashion of His Love", on the special edition of her third album, Born This Way. So did an amount of famous musicians, who loved Lee.
Lady Gaga Telephone Tribute
Alexander wished Kate and William were together, and as we see, he even promoted his wishes. Unfortunately, he died two years before the royal wedding took place. I think he saw, from the Heaven, his fashion house making Catherine Middleton's wedding gown and he was the happiest men ever.

                                                             Chat with Lee McQueen

People all around the world brought flowers to the AMQ stores to contribute the fashion world's great loss.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted a posthumous exhibition of McQueen's work in 2011 titled Savage Beauty. The exhibition’s elaborate staging includes unique architectural finishes and soundtracks for each room. Despite being open for only three months, it was one of the most popular exhibitions in the museum's history. The exhibition was so successful that Alexander McQueen fans and industry professionals worldwide began rallying at to "Please Make Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty a Traveling Exhibition" to bring honor to McQueen and see his vision become a reality: to share his work with the entire world. Moreover the MET museum published a book which was fully dedicated to Lee McQueen.
After company owner Gucci confirmed that the brand would continue, McQueen's long-term assistant Sarah Burton was named as the new creative director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010. In September 2010, Burton presented her first womenswear collection in Paris.
About Post-Lee Alexander McQueen through today you can read at mystorify page.




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