Last night, Darcy and I watched the documentary MCQUEEN and I. It is a look at the life of Lee McQueen, focusing primarily on his relationship with Isabella Blow.
The documentary itself was beautiful and sad, eerie and inspirational. I have never really known much about McQueen. I had never realised his humble beginings or his emotional vulnerability - not as a person (which was clearly evident in how he reacted to his mother's death), but as a designer. Many people in the documentary would discuss how he would often break down when criticised, or indeed - when his own pressure to design got to him.
The documentary had amazing footage from McQueen's underground shows as well as looked at the stark contrasts between McQueen's work with Givenchy and Gucci by comparison to the work he created under his own label.
I thought I would share some McQueen here on my page. The documentary has really affected me and I am both startled and impressed. I knew McQueen was an excellent designer, I just never really thought about the fact he was such a soulful person through his life - not just at the end when it all got too much... but through his whole life.
If you ever have a chance to see this documentary, it is well worth your time!
(PS. For all you Beth Ditto lovers, I have included some images of her at the bottom of this post, wearing gorgeous McQueen creations!)
The theatricality of McQueen's shows was often startling and stunning - the next three images are particular favourites.
As promised! Beth Ditto wearing Alexander McQueen.