Fashion Flashback: Alexander McQueen Spring 1998

Since the Savage Beauty exhibition is well under way at the V&A in London, and I’m visiting it later this month, I felt that it was a good time to do an Alexander McQueen flashback. I think it’s quite true to say that McQueen is one of the most beloved designers of all time, and perhaps one of the most innovative as well.

A few months ago I browsed through a feed on the Fashion Spot which showcased all of McQueen’s collections pre-2000, right from his graduate collection through to his tenure at Givenchy. Then after the year 2000, his collections are easier to find online. I chose this particular season because it is perhaps one of his most controversial shows, at least with the name anyway. The collection was titled “the Golden Shower”, look on Urban Dictionary if you don’t know what it means, and later just called “Untitled” after the show’s sponsor rejected the original name (once you know the meaning, you’ll understand why).  It is one of my favourite McQueen shows not just for the clothes but for the set. About halfway through the show, artificial rain started pouring down on the runway. Models, wearing heavy black eye liner that began streaking down their faces, continued to walk, often wearing white clothes that went see-through and clung to the body. It was really just beautiful and so theatrical. Keep an eye out for Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen (who recently retired from the runway) in the video.

 


Note: I am beginning a new series of posts entitled Fashion Flashback which will include videos of shows that I love and want to share with people. They will obviously be older shows, ie. more than 2 years old, that I think are important. I am not going to try and over-analyse the shows because that has been done countless times, I just want to appreciate them for their beauty and aesthetics.

Eve Gardiner is the founder and content creator behind evegardiner.com

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