R.I.P Alexander McQueen.
Before his death he was working on his collection for Fall 2010, and completed about 80%, his fashion house has decided to present the designs and even though there are only 16 pieces of the collection, they are by far his best to date. McQueen was known for his imagination and quirky designs, and this collection is so detailed and truly a perfect vision of his.
According to his right hand, Sarah Burton, McQueen has had turned away from the world of the Internet, wanting his collection to be about craftsmanship and all that was lost in the making of fashion.
This collection based on the Dark Ages,exposing the poetic, medieval beauty that dealt with religious iconography while capturing memories of his past collections. McQueen took the light from this inspiration, allowing the beauty to shine through.
McQueen took fabrics that resembled high-church angels and Bosch demons into hand-loomed jacquards, then taken the materials and cut stately caped gowns and short draped dresses, he had his vision.
When a high-collared, formfitting cutaway jacket made entirely from golden feathers appeared, it read as a direct retrieval of McQueen’s first step into haute couture in his Icarus collection, after he took the helm of Givenchy in 1996 at the age of 27. This time, though, it was realized with even more skill, with a multilayered white tulle skirt sprinkled at the hem with delicate gilded embroidery.
Somehow, that one outfit encapsulated everything about McQueen: both the tailoring and the romanticism. Perhaps he wouldn’t have chosen to show it in such a simple and intimate way—in a small, ornate room to privately invited groups of editors—because that left out the full realization of concept and showmanship that equally drove his creativity. But the circumstances, sad as they are, allowed his friends and colleagues to share a long and poignant moment to look at what the man achieved, and to grieve for him.
Here is a look at his 16 beautiful and final pieces:
What do you think of his final collection?