Tribute: Clothes fit for a Queen

Alexander McQueen, the provocateur designer who passed away yesterday, created clothes that transported wearers to a fantasy world. Whether it be the whimsical deep sea (S/10 RTW), an Indian palace (F/08 RTW) or the set of Dynasty (a grey patterned McQ dress I purchased in 2008) the man had a knack for theatrics.

As a tribute to Alexander, or ‘Lee’ to those who knew him best, I’ve compiled my top five McQueen Moments:

1 Cate Blanchett. Vogue. 2005.

Cate Blanchett does Vogue

2005 was the year I fell in love with Cate Blanchett’s acting prowess after seeing her in the small Australian film Little Fish. I knew up until this point she was good, but I didn’t realise justĀ how good. It was also the year Alexandra Shulman decided to put Blanchett on the cover of UK Vogue wearing this Alexander McQueen masterpiece. Exquisite.

2 Alexander McQueen. Environmental conscience. 2009.

Alexander McQueen FW/09

Alexander McQueen explored “an ironic and illusory exploration of the concept of re-invention” with his F/09 RTW collection that had models sporting nylon dresses made look look like garbage bags and wheel rims for hats, and used past collection props for the setting. Yes it was ironic, but what made his statement so clever was how the clothes were still sumptuous, feminine and decadent.

3 Carrie. SATC: The Movie. 2008.

Carrie and the girls in SATC: The Movie

Seconds after Carrie stepped onto the screen wearing this dress I knew it was an Alexander McQueen number, thanks in part to Net-a-Porter’s strategic placing of it on their website. A dress that dreams (ones set in Mexico, no doubt) are made of.

4 Cate Blanchett. Golden Globes. 2007.

Cate Blanchett at the Globes

Cate Blanchett has made no secret of her love of fashion, and particularly her love of ‘out-there’ fashion – one need only think of that crocheted Romance Was Born monstrosity she was spotted in last year to realise this. So it comes as no great surprise that she’s been photographed in many a McQueen gown; like this one she wore to the Golden Globes in 2007. This is a personal favourite of mine, as Blanchett shows how black needn’t be boring on the red carpet.

5 Racquel Zimmerman. Alexander McQueen campaign. 2010.

Alexander McQueen SS/10 campaign

Raquel Zimmerman, the closest thing the world has to a supermodel right now, stars in this Alexander McQueen campaign for his S/10 RTW collection. This is one fashion advertisement I find myself staring at for stretches of time. Whether or not I’ll buy these shoes, that’s another thing.


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