Alexander McQueen

“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality.”—Alexander McQueen

Cabinet of Curiosities

Romantic Nationalism

Romantic Exoticism

Romantic Primitivism

Gallery photography by The Photograph Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I went onto learn more about Alexander McQueen’s designs after being inspired by Emma Summerton’s ‘NEO-Romantic’ shoot. McQueen, inspired by the 19th century, especially the Victorian Gothic, created deep and melancholic collections whilst combining horror with romance within his unusual designs. McQueen’s materials are completely distinctive ranging from tight leather bodices shaped to the form of the wearer like armor; to beautiful razor clam shells and abalone; to delicately carved wood; feathers and all kinds of lacy, light, frothy, swirly things, one could not possibly identify. His designs also often juxtapose, reminiscent to Pre-Raphaelite paintings; love and death, light and darkness, victim and aggressor all interplay creating an emotional intensity like no other. The lures of the exotic, of turmoil, of love, were all central to his work and were translated into the photo shoots showcasing his magnificent designs.

Gothic yet dreamlike and gentle, McQueen’s romantic yet dark sensibilities translate well within photographic collaborations. Below are some editorials I particularly enjoyed; the link to gothic literature such as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, the simple beauty of McQueen’s materials within his haunting designs, serenity yet darkness. McQueen engulfs you with luxury, beauty, romanticism and death. Sublime.

David Sims for Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011/2012

David Sims for Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2011/2012

Tatiana Urina by Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2002

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