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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN UNLOCKING STORIES | TAILORING AND SOHO

For the Autumn/Winter 2018 womenswear collection, Sarah Burton tailored a pieced together evening coat and jacket with an hourglass waist. Imagining the mannish gesture of shrugging an overcoat on the shoulders of a suit, the process became focused on creating a male version of the shape to be as elegant, smooth-lined, narrow-sharp and nipped-in as […]
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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN UNLOCKING STORIES | TAILORING AND SOHO

The high-life and low-life of London’s Soho have been a magnet for artists, actors, writers and aristocrats for generations. This collection goes back to look at the male characters of mid-twentieth century Soho, whose lives were portrayed by the painter and photographer John Deakin. Deakin (1912—1972) was a member of the bohemian circle which included […]
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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN UNLOCKING STORIES | THE WARRIOR

Strong women are the backbone of Alexander McQueen. This season she appears in a hand-painted, corseted jacket and a spiral knit dress: modern clothes which have roots in the universe of Medieval heroines and legends. Looking at Victorian and pre-Raphaelite prints and paintings, we went further, to examine real medieval armour and examples of protective […]
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ALEXANDER McQUEEN UNLOCKING STORIES | THE CAGED LACE DRESS

  Black lace cut and appliquéd on white lace; the birth of this dress with its off-the-shoulder leg ’o’ mutton sleeves in the Spring/Summer 2019 show is genetically related to a series of spectacular Alexander McQueen forerunners. The overarching collection narrative about women’s celebrations was focused on weddings, birth and the traditions surrounding the wearing […]