WOMEN'S AUTUMN/WINTER 2007 "IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH HOWE, SALEM, 1692"

AGAIN THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS SHOW IS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL – MCQUEEN IS RELATED TO SEVERAL OF THE WOMEN WHO WERE HUNG FOLLOWING THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS – AND THIS LEADS INTO A SARTORIAL EXPLORATION OF WITCHCRAFT IN GENERAL.

The subject is traced back to its Pagan roots and then to Ancient Egypt, the pyramids and the worship of the sun and the moon. The set is dominated by a huge screen onto which is projected a film directed by Alexander McQueen featuring close ups of beautiful, naked women apparently floating in limbo. The clothes reflect both protection and fertility – a new cocoon shape is designed to mimic the contours of an ovum. The catwalk is black and embellished with a blood red crystal pentagram.