Requiescat in pace
Isabella Blow discovered and inspired him, the fashion industry simultaneously mocked and adored him, the world today mourns him. Fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, dead at 40.
“For every 1,000 so-called designers who pin a piece of jersey around a mannequin and call it fashion, there’s only one McQueen, an explosively imaginative designer who openly courted controversy (he called one of his early collections, a mix of military jackets and torn-lace dresses, “Highland Rape”) but who also treated craftsmanship as a foundation and not an afterthought (he began his career as an apprentice on Savile Row, helping to construct custom-made suits for the likes of Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev). In a world where fashion churns through chain stores like H&M and Forever 21 at a dizzying and alarming rate, McQueen’s death at age 40 is a sad reminder of the way certain values have been misplaced in our culture: Not just in fashion but in all creative fields, thought, precision, wit and a sense of history are rare and endangered qualities.”
Friend and fellow blogger HOBAC discovered this profoundly lovely clip that encapsulates the imaginative daring and brilliance of McQueen. A small, but far from insignificant, gem.
Photo: Silent Storyteller