The Future is deprived

I need to get this post down before I give in to the lure of Twitter. Usually when EVERYONE blogs about something, it’s the last thing that appeals to me. But the death of Alexander McQueen however, is something I feel I MUST write about.

I was reminded of the artistry of McQueen a few months back in the superb BBC 2 series, British Style Genius (See McQueen’s Rebel profile here.) One episode blew me away and reminded me of everything I love about fashion – the flamboyance, the drama and specifically the ART of the designers. It was entitled, “Breaking the Rules: Fashion Rebel Look” and delved back into the archives of Galliano and McQueen to chart the beginnings of their fashion rebellion. The first thing that hit me was the fact that McQueen’s work remained equally pioneering, exciting and innovative, even 10 years on. My eyes hadn’t become accustomed to his showmanship as the decades had progressed; quite the opposite, I still looked upon his work with the wonderment of a small child.

The production of his 2001 Spring/Summer collection stands foremost in my mind. Nick Knight describes it best in an interview with Grazia and I wouldn’t even attempt to describe it better myself,

“My favourite, simply because it was so clever, was the mirror box show. He put all the models inside a huge mirrored cube. Before the show all the lights were on in the auditorium and the cube was a huge mirror reflecting the audience. The shows are always about 45 minutes late to start, and I remember I was on the front row between Alexandra Shulman and Gwyneth Paltrow, so if you looked up you stared at your own reflection, if you looked sideways you stared at your neighbour, so after a short time you ended up staring at your feet. Lee had managed by the use of this simple trick to have the whole of the front row, some of the most important people in fashion all sitting, heads bowed, humbled. Once the show started, the house lights went down, and the audience were released from this. And then it was the models inside the mirrored box who could see only their own reflections. Voyeurism was swapped to vanity.” (See Nick’s full interview here)

I would have LOVED to have been there or even to find a video of the whole show. I have found a snippet here by Iconiamag on Youtube (at 41 secs)

I hope the BBC repeats this episode of British Style Genius, simply to honour the passing of a genius that had contributed so much to the industry. It is sorrowful that the future of fashion will be deprived of Alexander McQueen.

3 Responses to “The Future is deprived” — Comments (RSS Feed)

  1. MadeleineAyers Says...

    I think this is the thing that was most devastating to me. I mean I never knew the guy, only the beauty he brought into the world. This is the designer of my lifetime…I mean I was born around the time he started his course at CSM. He is the designer I first really noticed and said to myself; One day I will do that. The way he created unique innovative creations each collection, always remained fresh and exciting…you never knew what he would do next, only that it would be inspirational. Is it wrong to shed a tear in light of the days tragic events? I know for me, he was the reason I decided to pursue a career in fashion design….and his work will be the work I look to for hope in the future. I sound like such a cheese fest, but if he could continue to amaze people, then it is proof it is possible. That Is what I believe fashion is about…the ability of a person to produce something so often that brings out such emotion, it leaves people speechless.

    Lovely Post….There are so many McQueen blog entries out there atm…this one was definitly worth a read.

    Madeleine :D

  2. Random Fashion Coolness Says...

    Merci Madeleine x

  3. Madeleine Gallay Says...

    It’s a sad thing … we’re all vulnerable to darkness and sometimes it’s too much to bear. A mad, black impulse and there is no return. So sad, rest in peace; a hard thing to understand.

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