So as I mentioned before in my
post, my favourite designer of all time is
(March 17, 1969 – February 11, 2010)
So naturally I would like to feature him this week so that we may all remember the complete genius that he was and the tragedy of his no longer being with us.
"Alexander McQueen shows are known for their emotional power and raw energy, as well as the romantic but determinedly contemporary nature of the collections. Integral to the McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, fluidity and severity. An openly emotional and even passionate viewpoint is realised with a profound respect and influence for the arts and crafts tradition. Alexander's collections combine an in-depth working knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing."
"In less than 10 years McQueen became one of the most respected fashion designers in the world. In October 1996 he was appointed Chief Designer at the French Haute Couture House Givenchy where he worked until March of 2001."
"In December 2000, 51% of Alexander McQueen was acquired by the Gucci Group, where he remained Creative Director. Collections include women's ready-to-wear, men's ready-to-wear, accessories, eyewear and fragrance (Kingdom 2003 and MyQueen 2005). Expansion followed and included the opening of flagship stores in New York, London, Milan, Las Vegas and Los Angeles."
"The following awards have recognized Alexander McQueen's achievement in fashion: British Designer of the year 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2003, International Designer of the Year by The Council of Fashion Designer's of America (CFDA) in 2003, A Most Excellent Commander of The British Empire (CBE) by her Majesty the Queen in 2003, GQ Menswear Designer of the Year in 2007."
His creations were just out of this world.
He had an unparalleled imagination.
I love the avant-guard quality to all of his pieces.
It's as though he took inspiration from everything that is spiritual or whimsical.
Heaven and Earth
Angels and Demons
Nature and all of her Creatures...
He had a unique way of making something appear to be
dark and angelic at the same time.
Unfortunately he was found hanged in his apartment early in February last year. His mother, whom he had a close relationship with, had recently succumb to cancer.
He tweeted days before:
'Sunday evening been a ****ing awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the HELLS ANGELS & PROLIFIC DEAMONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
Maybe his struggle with these angels and demons are what help him see through this world and into another.
And from this world came his inspiration.
So then I ask this question:
Do we all have to be a little crazy, unstable, tortured...whataver you want to call it, to create something truly original?
I don't know the answer to this. But what I do know is:
Alexander McQueen's death has left the fashion world with an unfillable void.