Notorious for his extreme tailoring and skull print motifs, and described as the most influential designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen was defined by a menacing vision. Pushing fashion limitations to the extreme, his designs were aggressive yet poetic, alarming yet mesmerising. That’s exactly why RADDAR7 adore and take inspiration from his work and dark prints.
For Alexander McQueen it all started on Saville Row, the spiritual home of bespoke British tailoring, where he was an apprentice. This was all he needed to earn him a reputation in the fashion world as an expert of creating an impeccably tailored look and being a breaker of traditional codes. McQueen would then go on to be the British Designer of the Year award, not once, but four times.
Historicism was at the heart of the entirety of McQueen’s collections. In particular, McQueen took inspiration from the nineteenth century, drawing on the Victorian Gothic. Combining elements of horror and romance, the collections often reflected paradoxical relationships including life/ death and melancholy/ beauty.
Perhaps his most enduring motif was that of the skull. An embodiment of McQueen’s obsession with all things gothic, the skull print first appeared in his Irere collection 2003. The black skull print scarf has since been purchased by the likes of Johnny Depp, Lindsey Lohan and Nicole Ritchie.
Now, five years after his suicide, Alexander McQueen’s work is currently being honoured at the V&A in an exhibition entitled ‘Savage Beauty’ – the first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe. The exhibition showcases his visionary body of work, and includes his graduate collection, as well as the A/W 2010 collection he never got the chance to finish. The designs are all presented with that same sense of spectacle synonymous with his shows.
The exhibition will end on August 2nd. Tickets are available to purchase online.