Alexander McQueen peers into the Dark Ages for final collection

March 10, 2010

Alexander McQueen's final collection was shown yesterday during Paris Fashion Week.  The avant garde designer's genius prevails once again in a beautiful collection inspired by the Dark Ages,  religious iconography as well as an homage to his past collections.  As melancholy as it might seem that it was McQueen's last collection, the world was able to once again peer into the imagination of a celebrated designer.
McQueen's right hand woman, Sarah Burton said the designer:

"wanted to get back to the handcraft he loved, and the things that are being lost in the making of fashion," she said. "He was looking at the art of the Dark Ages, but finding light and beauty in it. He was coming in every day, draping and cutting pieces on the stand." The 16 outfits shown had been 80 percent finished at the time of his death.

I get choked up looking Lee Alexander McQueen's final work, which will become timeless classics.  The fashion and art world has truly lost a little piece of itself.  Though the Alexander McQueen label will continue, I am not sure how the House that McQueen built will evolve. I just hope it doesn't turn into an "imitation" fashion house. 
Vogue's Sarah Mower captures my sentiments about the collection a lot better than I ever could:

For anyone who had watched his development through the years, the references to milestone collections were apparent. The bandage-bound heads, some with feathered coxcombs, simultaneously called up the designer's rebel-British background and his landmark Asylum collection while also catching a likeness to the modest head coverings seen in Northern European medieval portraiture. When a high-collared, formfitting cutaway jacket made entirely from golden feathers appeared, it read as a direct retrieval of McQueen's first step into haute couture in his Icarus collection, after he took the helm of Givenchy in 1996 at the age of 27. This time, though, it was realized with even more skill, with a multilayered white tulle skirt sprinkled at the hem with delicate gilded embroidery. 

Somehow, that one outfit encapsulated everything about McQueen: both the tailoring and the romanticism. Perhaps he wouldn't have chosen to show it in such a simple and intimate way—in a small, ornate room to privately invited groups of editors—because that left out the full realization of concept and showmanship that equally drove his creativity. But the circumstances, sad as they are, allowed his friends and colleagues to share a long and poignant moment to look at what the man achieved, and to grieve for him.

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