WOMEN'S AUTUMN/WINTER 2006 "THE WIDOWS OF CULLODEN"

WITH THIS COLLECTION MCQUEEN REVISITS THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE HIGHLAND RAPE – THE SHOW WITH WHICH HE MADE HIS NAME – BUT APPLIES TO SIMILAR TERRITORY A SOPHISTICATION AND EXPERTISE THAT REFLECTS HIS EXPERIENCE AS BOTH COUTURIER AND DESIGNER.

The inspiration here is highly personal – the designer’s own heritage – which goes at least some way towards explaining the exquisite hand-craftsmanship that goes into each piece as well, of course, as bird head-dresses and McQueen tartan. The collection is luxurious and romantic but melancholic and even austere at the same time. The silhouette – all nipped waists, bustles and exaggerated hip lines – is designed to exaggerate a woman’s form and each piece is unique, a one-off couture creation with emotional content intended to be handed down from generation to generation like the most precious of heirlooms.