Dear DHG blog readers, today we inaugurate a new blog category with Alexander McQueen: DHG Musts. We always have so many things to tell you, so we have decided to start a new online area to make your life easier and help you find the subjects that interest you most much faster.
Here you’ll find the exhibitions, events, festivals, movies, books, music, and theater that we think are absolute musts. In a nutshell, everything that we at DHG like – or would like – to do in our free time, everything that arouses our curiosity. Let’s inaugurate this new section with an undisputed fashion icon.
Alexander McQueen was a British stylist. Eccentric, with a crazy approach to fashion. To call him a genius is not an exaggeration. He was born and raised in a working-class area of London, and left school at 16 to go work for a tailor specializing in custom made men’s suits. That’s where he found his calling: designing clothes. He paid his dues in fashion workshops, and after a few years he began creating theatrical costumes. He later worked for Romeo Gigli in Milan, became the creative director for Givenchy, graduated in Fashion Design from the prestigious Saint Martin’s School of Art in London, started his own fashion house and swept up prizes and awards, including the 2003 Fashion Designer Award. An extraordinary career advancing at the speed of light.
Alexander McQueen was a cultured man and his style strongly reflected his theatrical and artistic knowledge. Among his sources of inspiration were Gothic art, the Renaissance, and the Victorian Age. He admired Marina Abramovic, Isabella Blow and Elsa Schiaparelli. He was a friend of Lady Gaga’s and worked with her on many occasions. She was his perfect muse. His fashion shows were sometimes gut-wrenching and reminiscent of Seventeenth Century drama, full of plot twists and over-the-top costumes. He wasn’t trying to get people to like him, his clothes bore messages that were not always happy but they were definitely relatable in their frail humanity. That, I believe, was part of his magnetic charm. For a fashion show, he once chose a model whose legs had been amputated, he turned Lady Gaga into an alien with bizarre dresses and made his models wear birds’ nests on their heads – with eggs and all. We miss Alexander McQueen. The world of high fashion has lost a great star, but luckily we still have all of his work to remind us how talented he was, and how educational and how much fun it can be to defy and break the rules.
The Alexander McQueen exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ is being held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London until August 2nd. I’ll do all I can to find a way to go see it, how about you?
See you next time!
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