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Alexander McQueen

Showcasing an aesthetic than can only be described as ‘iconic’ and ‘unabashedly dramatic’, Lee Alexander McQueen founded his namesake label in 1992. Today, the maison is headed by Sarah Burton.

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About the designer

The late Lee Alexander McQueen established his namesake label in 1992. Acclaimed for dramatic, exaggerated and gothic silhouettes, the designer was swiftly dubbed 'L’Enfant Terrible' of fashion. Although slightly notorious, the London-born creative paid his dues to fashion during his studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and gaining experience at, amongst others, Anderson and Sheppard, Gieves and Hawkes, Koji Tatsuno and couture house Givenchy. The designer was awarded several titles during his career, ranging from ‘British Designer of the Year’ to ‘International Designer of the Year’.

McQueen’s smart sense of tailoring led him to design razor-sharp silhouettes, often embellished with raw and theatrical detailing. Iconic garments, such as the cheeky ‘Bumster’ trousers, ‘Manta’ dresses and the instantly recognisable skull-printed scarf landed the couturier cult status. While his runway shows were often the talk of the town, it’s his distinct sense of style that truly lingers.
After McQueen’s death in 2010, Sarah Burton became the label’s creative director. Having worked alongside him for nearly fifteen years, the McQueen aesthetic was encapsulated into her creative DNA. The British designer showcases in-depth knowledge of the dark and encapsulating philosophy while preserving the label’s concise technical craftsmanship. Burton is best-known for designing HRH the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress in 2002.

Collection spring/summer 2018

Having worked alongside the late Lee Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton has always been inspired by the designer’s dark and theatrical modus operandi. The label's spring/summer 2018 runway show opened with muted hues, with neutral beige and light shades of pink evoking a natural ease. Pastel pinks on whimsical dresses quickly snowballed into brighter tones, with vivid red hues eventually contrasting with the darkest of blacks. Ankle-grazing dresses were bedecked in romantic ruffles and layers of tulle, adding to the dramatic flair that is imbued in the Alexander McQueen DNA. This season, statement coats were shown front and centre, with strong shoulders and cinched waists giving a new-found dimension to feminine power dressing.