Alexander McQueen: A Legacy

Alexander McQueen is the most influential designers of our generation.  His work changed the way we view and experience fashion entirely.  He combined fashion with expression of race, emotion, sexuality, religion and more for the first time.  For McQueen, fashion was about expression of self and perceptions.

Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment. –Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen
McQueen was a master at forcing emotion upon the audience. This photo makes me feel like I am inside a dream.  Photo Credit:  The Met Museum  
Alexander McQueen "Savage Love"
The Met Museum gallery “Savage Beauty” paid tribute to McQueen in 2010.

He is known for recognizing the beauty in sadness and expressing that feeling through his work.

There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.– McQueen

Alexander McQueen
More from the Met Museum.  Photo Credit: Those Hardings Blog
Alexander McQueen
Technical genius.  Photo Credit:
Alexander McQueen
After leaving Givenchy, McQueen’s work became more creative and he brought the world ideas that had never before been expressed or thought possible. Photo Credit:    

I treated Givenchy badly. It was just money to me. But there was nothing I could do: the only way it would have worked would have been if they had allowed me to change the whole concept of the house, to give it a new identity, and they never wanted me to do that. –McQueen,

McQueen featured Kate Moss as a hologram 2006
For his Autumn/ Winter 2006 line, McQueen featured a hologram of model, Kate Moss, floating above the stage.  Photo Credit:

Give me time and I will give you a revolution.– McQueen.

Sadly, the designer shared his life with the world for only 41 short years.  Though he lost his life to suicide, his work and influence will reign over fashion forever.


Kate Thakkar

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