26 October 2011

Genius of a Generation:

I was, and still am today, obsessed, in love, in awe of and inspired by Alexander McQueen, (so much so that I feel the need to have one copy of his book at home and another copy at my desk at work).

He took the ugly things of the world, the ones that no one really wanted to think about and shoved them in our faces, forced us to deal with them and presented us with the most innovate, unique and beautiful creations of the 21st century. "I admired him tremendously. He was a revolutionary. He will not be forgotten and it is an immense loss.(...) Daring, original, stimulating he understood how to be a fabulous ambassador for fashion” - John Galliano.

We all know the tragic fall of this iconic man and we waited with baited breath for Sarah Burton to pick up the magnificent, but disastrously tainted, pieces as she stepped into an almost unfillable pair of shoes. With its spectacular drama, arresting beauty and classic magic, the collection serenaded the label’s unique visionary with a clear statement that the McQueen legacy was here to stay. "We are deeply touched by the sudden death of Alexander McQueen, a designer that we have always admired for his creative genius and uncompromising inspiration. He has left an incomparable void in the world of fashion." - Dolce and Gabbana.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was a shamelessly theatrical exhibition at the MET, which payed tribute to McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to the fashion world. McQueen challenged and expanded the idea of beauty and fashion, beyond utility, to a conceptual expression of culture, politics and identity. “He was an uncompromising creator. A provocative genius! In addition to being a fabulous director, he was a truly great couturier.” - Marie- Jose Jalou.
“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition,” –Lee Alexander McQueen.
To a true individual, who continues to influence and challenge the world of fashion, and who for so many years shared with us his dark romantic creations and dared us not to call them beautiful.
“I’m 40 now, but I want this to be a company that lives way beyond me. When I’m dead, hopefully this house will still be going. On a spaceship. Hopping up and down above earth.”       - Lee Alexander McQueen.

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