It was my fifth semester at college, when I was learning a lot of things about design. But the most awaited class of the semester was yet to come… of which would tell me about writing for Fashion. Lamely put, “Fashion Journalism”, it was in that class that we covered trends, more trends, celebrities, et al.
For our final assignment, we were introduced to Alexander McQueen; not just randomly by telling about him, but by showing us his runway show from Fall Winter 08/09. We all sat awestruck with the whole idea of his show. The beauty of “the girl living on the tree” was so enchanting that we could hardly put it in words afterwards. This was just not me. My class, who is a lil’ more than “anti-fashion” and call themselves a batch of “communication-design” simply fell in love with him!
When i went back home that day, more than anything in the world, I just wanted to read about him. From the start. How his graduation collection was all bought by his friend-cum-mentor-cum-everything, the wonderful Isabella Blow [19 November 1958 – 7 May 2007]; I just read about her, wide-eyed, and named her, “the women with wonderful hats”. But alas, due to severe depression and a cancer diagnosis she had ended her life. McQueen was deeply affected by this and later, together with the Irish hatter Philip Treacy(for whom Isabella Blow was a muse), dedicated his Spring-summer ’08 show to Ms. Blow.
McQueen was the head designer for Gucci, news maker for all his unusual-not-so-wearable-shoes and a brand in his own.
Highly creative, intelligent and extremely forward-looking, Lee McQueen took inspiration from every moment of his life. His shows, one-of-a-kind, were always about a match of perfection, design and art. Each garment had a thinking process behind it, and every accessory was a piece of art in itself, enough to draw inspiration from.
He won several awards during his career, including ‘Best British Designer of the Year’, ‘International Designer of the Year’ and honored as ‘Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire’.
Lee McQueen, ended his life this Thursday, on 11th February. Can’t say any more than this. He was a true magician with what he did to pieces of clothes to make art. From his shows on ice, under water and rain, around a tree or on as a holographic image floating above…. he always gave us something to look forward to.
Below are some of the images from his collections, and a piece I did on him, with a friend.
R.I.P Lee Alexander McQueen[March 17, 1969-February 11,2010].
Here is my (and my group member’s) interpretation of his collection for Fall 08/09…
All images from Style.com