March 11, 2010

final masterpieces {Alexander McQueen 2010 Fall/Winter Collection}

This past Tuesday in Paris there was a private showing of the late Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 2010 Collection. McQueen had completed 16 pieces at 80% complete before his passing. His inspirations, the Dark Ages;
What McQueen was preparing had a poetic, medieval beauty that dealt with religious iconography while recapturing memories of his own past collections. He had ordered fabric that translated digital photographs of paintings of high-church angels and Bosch demons into hand-loomed jacquards, then taken the materials and cut stately caped gowns and short draped dresses. In its ornate surface narrative, that might read as a kick against the plain and restrained direction fashion is taking, but in their own way, the fluted, attenuated lines of his long dresses suggested a calm and simplicity. Instead of aggression, they transmitted the grace of the medieval Madonnas and Byzantine empresses McQueen had been studying. (
The workmanship, textiles, and embroidery are just beautiful! Truly masterpieces!



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