“From heaven to hell and back again, life is a joke, and beauty comes from the weirdest, even the nastiest places.”
February 11, 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of McQueen’s death. In the intervening decade, do you often think Cheap Alexander McQueen about the bad boy who went from the ghetto to fashion legend. What changes and amazing situations in life have you lived through in a quick decade?
Leonardo da Vinci was a genius, Beethoven was a genius, Van Gogh was a genius, Einstein was a genius. There is no doubt that Alexander McQueen was also a genius. His designs are always demonically out of place, giving people a mind-blowing wild beauty.
His work often expresses emotional power, natural energy, romantic but resolutely modern in a wild way, as he said: “I am passionate about finding beauty in the grotesque.” Wang Xiaobo once said, “It’s not enough for a man to have this life, he should also have the poetic world.” McQueen has always been able to blend elements of both poles to create a poetic, dark fairy tale world.
“Anarchic, funny, thin, controversial, friendly, loyal, charismatic, innovative, dark and determined”, Kate Moss has used such a long list of vividly rich words, filled with contradictory and conflicting labels, to describe the impression McQueen gives.
In McQueen’s shows, both in clothes and models, there seem to be only two roles: aggressor and victim. The Scottish boy, who grew up in England, dreamed of becoming a fashion designer at the age of three, but was expected by his taxi-driver father to be an electrician. It was his mother who gave him a picture book of fashionable women, and eventually he began to realize that the day when his dreams would come true seemed a stone’s throw away.
Born into a modest family in Lewisham, South London, at the age of three, McQueer drew on his bedroom walls and even tried his hand at sewing dresses, before developing his dream of becoming a designer. From a working-class family of taxi drivers, McQueen grew into a hard-working artisan who eventually became a fashion legend. McQueen’s life was short but legendary. His artistic language and unique aesthetic are unique and personal, and he has been the subject of countless controversies and issues along the way.
After working as an official freelance seamstress and pattern maker, McQueen worked for comedy costume suppliers Berman & Manson and Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno, a period of study that influenced him greatly and led to his interest in historical costumes. The lavish decorations with three-dimensional metal embroidery, once a symbol of Western aristocracy, seem to have remained untouched by the passage of time, whether decades or centuries, and the luster of the embroidery has not diminished.