RIP Alexander McQueen: We Will Miss Your Version of Avant-garde
Alexander McQueen, a British fashion designer, was found dead at his London home on Feb. 11, 2010. He was 40 years old.
Mr. McQueen was a showman with very high expectations for fashion. He knew how to cut a dress, a jacket and a pair of pants with the best of them, but that wasn’t not enough for him. He also wanted fashion to have weight and content and depth, so he put on presentations — spectacles, really — of his collections that aimed to have the punch of art and that were sometimes political, sociological, shocking and scary.
”I believe in depicting what’s going on,” he once said. “I’m a big anarchist. I don’t believe in religion, or in another human being wanting to govern over someone else. The themes that go through my shows will continue to.”
Some of this content carries over to the clothes themselves, either literally or in their aura. But in general their distinguishing features are beauty; a sense of craft; a strong, confident silhouette; and the marriage of tradition with the avant-garde.