Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Alexander the Great

The May Issue of Vogue was a touching one. A whole spread was dedicated to Alexander McQueen's work. Accompanying each image, Sarah Burton and Sarah Mower shared their thoughts and favorite moments with the late McQueen. I've included bits a pieces of their commentary.

Windows of Culloden, Fall 2006

"The collection was about the 1745 massacre of Scottish Jacobites by the English, which Lee felt so passionately about because his Scottish family heritage, which his mother had researched. The women were the widows of the slaughtered army... We had to figure out how to make lace work in the round with those ruffles because Lee hated gathering. So we cut out all of the flowers from the lace and reappliqued it on tulle to make our own fabric. This is the collection most people remember as the one with Kate Moss in a hologram. Oh, my God, it was so beautiful. He loved that show"

Voss Spring 2001

"So much of this show was about the collective madness of the world. It was presented in a two way mirrored glass box in London, and the girls had bandaged heads, acting like inmates of a mental asylum. Lee wanted the top of this dress to be made from surgical slides used for hospital specimens, which we found in a medical supply shop on Wigmore Street, The we hand painted them red, drilled holes in each one, and sewed them on so they looked like paillettes. We hand painted white ostrich feathers and dip dyed each one to layer in the skirt"

Number 13, Spring 1999

"This was from the amazing show in London where Shalom Harlow stood on a turntable and was spray painted by robots. This particular look was made from wood to form the shape of a fan: It was all about the craftsmanship.."

Sarabande Sping 2007

"This dress had fresh flowers on it. We put them on just before she went out, and they started to fall off one by one as she walked. I remember people saying Lee timed it. We had a laugh about that. It was an accident!"

It's only a Game Spring 2005

"All the girls were dressed as chess pieces and the show was choreographed as a chess game. It was about the chessboard of fashion. Lee did have foresight and a sense of humor! This is one of thetwo horse pieces. He made it by commissioning Steve Powell, a hospital prosthetics expert, to make the body. And the horsetails were form the same suppliers who make the plumes for the queen;s Royal Horse Guards"

Voss, Spring 2001

"This is a straitjacket, a kimono with the sleeves strapped around the back...I saved all the showpieces from every collection because I'm a hoarder. Sometimes Lee would look at them again, just to remember what he's done with something. It was his dictionary he was building, really"


  1. love this collection! He was amazing. miss him.

  2. crazy collection!
    i love it!



  3. Lovely pictures! Looks great <3 xoxo


  4. clearly lady gaga got inspiration from mcqueen. still so sad he's no longer with us. great write up!
    and i think we are par for par with our "parenting skills". i'd probably say "hell no child! go get a job if you want a wang bag. and while you're at it, sweep the kitchen". and then slap. :)

  5. Gorgeous pictures! Love the first one xx

  6. gorgeous pictures!!!
    nice blog, xoxo

  7. Gorgeous right. Its amazing how someone can come up to the actual ideas to make such pieces.