The inspiration here is highly personal – the designer’s own heritage – which goes at least some way towards explaining the exquisite hand-craftsmanship that goes into each piece as well, of course, as bird head-dresses and McQueen tartan. The collection is luxurious and romantic but melancholic and even austere at the same time. The silhouette – all nipped waists, bustles and exaggerated hip lines – is designed to exaggerate a woman’s form and each piece is unique, a one-off couture creation with emotional content intended to be handed down from generation to generation like the most precious of heirlooms.
“A Study in Scarlett” Alexander McQueen dress photographed by Mario Sorrenti for Vanity Fair December 2011
givenchy haute couture f/w 1997 by alexander mcqueen, ‘at that time’ by ellen von unwerth for vogue italia september 1997
Codie Young photographed by Hugh Lippe for Vogue Turkey, May 2013
Liu Xiao Xiang and Liu Lijun by Jmo for Harper’s Bazaar China ,Alexander McQueen and Céline FW 2012
Timeless_Hannelore Knuts by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, December 2005 in Alexander McQueen
kristen McMenamy at McQ by Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2012