By Alejandra Hernandez
Winner of the British Fashion Council’s Designer of the year award four times, named Commander of the Order of the British Empire, founder of his own label and recognized as the International Designer of the Year, Alexander McQueen is considered on of the most influential and creative designers in fashion history.
Thanks to his genius for design and his creativity, Lee Alexander McQueen won our hearts with every collection he presented, always showing beautiful tailoring, art and risk-taking structures. Countless designers were inspired by the way he matched perfect scenarios and beautiful creations. Eleven years after his death, I relive the fashion designer’s spectacular work with a top #5 of his most iconic collections.
Alexander McQueen’s spring 1998 Ready-to-wear
What made this collection iconic? Water. McQueen helped us immerse in this collection giving as a result a mix of nude poetry and sex appeal with skin-tight latex and rain. Perfect bangs paired with see-through pieces and strap-less creations were seen. My favorite part: the iconic all-white finale.
Fall 2003 Ready-to-wear
With antique samurai details, head-to-toe checkerboards and tribal prints, McQueen emphasized why the brand’s cutting skills and silhouettes are one in a million. Snow, winds and tunnels helped create a perfect scenario for a nomadic journey that stole our attention completely, making me include this beautiful collection on my top 5.
Spring/Summer 2010 ready-to-wear
On October 2009, the world was a witness of McQueen’s SS 2010 ready-to-wear show entitled: Plato’s Atlantis. The collection was filled with reptile skin prints made with computer-generated imagery, which led to a fusion of organic shapes, satin silks and reptilian markings. The silhouettes were never-before-seen in Alexander McQueen’s previous collections thanks to 3-D printing. McQueen was the first designer ever to use it as a part of his show.
A fashion moment was established in this show: a perfect and unique McQueen piece was created in front of every spectator invited to the show. Robotic arms spray-painted a white strapless dress worn by Shalom Harlow. The result? Black and green paint all over this stunning piece which led to a huge round of applause by the guests.
Fall 1999 Ready-to-wear
Almost resembling a poetic work of art. Silver skirts and perfectly cut corsets were presented inside of victorian snow globe, along with grey hand-knitted capes and furry snow boots paired with floral prints and leather.
When it comes to Alexander McQueen’s body of work, there’s sometimes too much to choose from and it’s almost impossible to select his best work.
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