Friday, February 12, 2010

Long Live the McQueen



As you may or may not heard, the talented fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead yesterday in London. I was so shocked to hear this. All the talent he had. And those fabulous runway shows. Galliano has always been my favorite designer, but Alexander came in second. It's so sad to see the couture designers disappear. And what fabulous couture he did design. As a stylist, I admired his over the top details, ruffles, and bold patterns. Alexander McQueen, who was born on March 16th 1969 was a English fashion designer known for his unconventional designs and shock tactics . McQueen worked as the head designer at Givenchy, another of my favorite design houses, for five years before founding the Alexander McQueen and McQ labels. McQueen's dramatic designs, worn by celebrities including Rihanna, Bj√∂rk and Lady Gaga, met with critical acclaim and earned him the British Fashion Designer of the Year award on four separate occasions.Alexander McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics. McQueen was known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows, such as 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. The president of LVMH, Bernard Arnault caused a stir when he instated McQueen as head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano. Upon arrival at Givenchy, McQueen insulted the founder by calling him ‘irrelevant’. Thus, his first couture collection with Givenchy was unsuccessful, with even McQueen telling Vogue in October 1997 that the collection was “crap”. McQueen toned down his act at Givenchy, but continued to indulge his rebellious streak, causing controversy in Autumn 1998 with a show which included car-robots spraying paint over white cotton dresses, and double amputee model Aimee Mullins striding down the catwalk on intricately carved wooden legs. McQueen stayed with Givenchy until March 2001, when the contract he said was "constraining his creativity" was ended. McQueen's death was announced on February 11, shortly after he was found dead at his home on Green Street, in London ,where paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. McQueen's death came days before London Fashion Week, although McQueen was not scheduled to show. The Mistress would be honored to where any of these frocks!








14 comments:

  1. I read up on him yesterday. Had not realized how innovative he was. Really amazing.

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  2. He played a major role in pushing the boundaries of fashion.

    I hope that the fashion world doesn't become boring now that he is gone! Hopefully some younger designers that were inspired by him will step up and into the forefront!

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  3. thank you thank you thank you for this post (and the amazing pics)... i think sometimes people thought mcqueen used runway theatrics for "attention" but his clothes were always stunning and wearable ~ no matter how crazy. ugh, i can't believe he is gone.

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  4. His designs were truly spectacular. Such a talent.

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  5. I can't imagine...he seemed to have it all:
    good looks, a husband, astounding talent, good business sense, a house in London.

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  6. I have to say I don't follow fashion designers but I have seen some of his work. What a loss of talent, your right. His work was wearable with some over the top touches.

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  7. It's amazing how much couture and drag look alike!

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  8. That is some sad news! And what great fashion memories he gave us.

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  9. I loved me some of Alexander and his talent! Such a loss. There is alot of the very old European fashion houses that have not been heard from for years making some comebacks like Ballincago and Lavin. Maybe they will bring the couture back and keep it there.

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  10. Mistress Maddie #1 FanFebruary 12, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    You remember my friend Ken, well he had tickets for two shows at fashion week, so we went to one of them, the BCBG show, and that was all the talk yesterday there about Alexander's death.

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  11. Great post and fantastic selection of pics... thanks so much for this blog entry

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  12. Although I don't keep up with the latest in avant garde fashion, but it always makes me choke when I hear of a great artist passing. I had a peculiar dream about him a couple weeks ago. I am continually awestruck by how these artistic people dream and fantasize about something and they bring it to life.

    It's just brilliance personified.

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  13. genius is often too close to madness. what a great talent he was - he has left his mark on the world - he is mourned by many

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  14. Such fabulous designs! So sad he is no longer among us.

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!

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