30 Oct 2010

When Fashion is Art: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN



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Some days ago I read Alexander McQueen brief bio in wikipedia, and everytime I read a biography, I am always struck with the start of someone's career, his family and his background. In this case I was really impressed by Alexander McQueen's life, from the beginning to the end, as you know, unfortunately tragic, he committed suicide because of a depression (his mother died a week before).


The McQueen culture and fashion contained contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity. His creations were imaginative  and original, his collections were known for their emotional power, his provocations, he was defined rebel, as well as a romantic nature. His works seem to be pieces of art, in creativity and tailoring. So if we try to search these elements of his works in his biography, we could discover his life as the roots of his creativity process. 

He was born in London, the youngest of six children, his father was a taxist, he left school at the age of 16 and was offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile Row tailors, he worked also for theatrical costumiers in London and after spending some time in Milan, he completed a Masters degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins.
He showed his MA collection in 1992, which was famously bought in its entirety by Isabella Blow for 4000 pounds, she became his muse contibuting to his success and she died suicide too.

McQueen collections were caractherized by shocking and trasgressive performances so that  they were defined visionary, dark, gothic, connected to death theme, and ispired by a symbolic aestethics.
This fall/winter collection will be the last of his, every piece has the beauty of an oil painting, the strenght of a marble statue, every piece exudes Art, so I would like to remember him in this way; if we'll buy something from McQueen, we could know what is its origin. As you know I have in my home page a McQueen ring as a lucky charm that attests my love for the brand.
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22 comments:

  1. spettacolare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O.o

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  2. Yeah McQueen's designs were always a spectacle and border line on the art/fashion threshold. When he worked on saville row he apparently sewed obscenities inside prince charle's suit lining.

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  3. I love Alexander McQueen and I truely believe this last collection of his is amazing! I would love to be the proud owner of that golden mini dress together with the necklace, the belt and the booties.

    I love your blog by the way. I have a relatively new blog too. Maybe if you have a minute, you could stop by.

    Rali
    http://stylesncream.blogspot.com

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  4. McQueen was one of my favourite designers; he was pure genius and he was a century beyond today's fashion. R.I.P.

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  5. McQueen was such a genious... You only get one or two of those per century! And even though this is strange to say, I feel his unfortunate suicide is almost a prat of what he was... Like it couldnt be avoided. He had such sensibilty about the world and it wasnt easy being like this in the fashion world where even togher types struggle!!!

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  6. a genius
    miss mcq
    congrats for the choice
    lovely
    silvana

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  7. fashion (especially McQueen fashion) sometimes just is art!! How would you otherwise describe these dresses.. :)

    xxx

    lifeisroyalty.blogspot.com

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  8. McQueen is more than just a fashion designer.

    If You are interested about Him, give a look to this article about Alexander McQueen from Le Roi Coquette.

    http://leroicoquette.blogspot.com/2010/10/ci-sono-casi-in-cui-il-talento-e-il-piu.html

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  9. Oh yes, so right. McQueen is always art.

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  10. his job was not just a job. He wasn't just a fashion designer, he was an artist.

    Come to visit my blog, you're more than welcome!


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  11. alexander mcqueen was such an icon and a genius. he'll be sorely missed :/

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  12. nice post!
    Mc Queen is such a maestro.
    btw, I'm following you now
    hope you'll follow me back :)

    hugs,

    Natalie's-the blog

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  13. McQueen not a fashion designer but un artist!
    Beautiful Blog :D
    Follow me ;)
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  14. WOW! Amazing!!!

    xx
    johanna, sweden
    art

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  15. BEAUTIFUL!

    http://lepommebleu.blogspot.com/

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  16. He was too beautiful for this world.

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  17. he was always my favorite. pieces like this will make it impossible to get over his loss. <3mode http://modestylist.blogspot.com

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