In retrospect, McQueen’s final four collections marked a staggering attempt to contemplate the future of fashion, society and consumerism. The Horn of Plenty show in March 2009 - named after the pub where Jack the Ripper’s final victim had been seen - had the audience seated around a charred mound of rubbish made of props from his previous runway shows. The models paraded mostly black and white (and stunning) clothes, all sporting Leigh Bowery-inspired overdrawn and grotesque red lips.
Six months later, a complete metamorphosis took place. Plato’s Atlantis was to mark the beginning of McQueen’s adult phase. Filled with his trademark innovations but expressed in completely new ways, McQueen dazzled with his game-changing ‘armadillo’ shoes and wildly complex symmetrical prints reshaping the models bodies.
More innovation followed in his final menswear collection, titled The Bone Collector, shown three weeks before his death. The collection was infused with macabre details and symbols. And then, on the eve of his beloved mother’s funeral, Alexander McQueen tragically took his own life. The following March, sixteen pieces from an unfinished collection (Angels and Demons) was shown to a select few fashion journalists and luxury magazine editors. Shunning technology, his last collection focused on the middle ages and religious figures in luxurious fabrics.
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Screens with Shadow/Self (6 mins, Australia, 2015) featuring the Spring Summer 2015 collection by Bianca Spender. Filmmaker Laura Scrivano has combined dance, fashion and music to explore the darker side of the feminine psyche. Starring dancers Elizabeth Blackmore and Geraldine Hakewill, Shadow/Self is a finalist in the Australian category of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Film 2016 competition.
The Legacy of Alexander McQueen
27 Feb - 14 Mar
In celebration of one of fashion’s greatest designers, director Loïc Prigent delves into the extraordinary career of Alexander McQueen. Using his last four collections as a framework, Prigent crafts a stunning tribute to a designer who left us far too early.