I absolutely adore Alexandre McQueen's collections, along with Sarah Burton's design collections along side him and the take over after his tragic death. His work is soulful, elegant, it magnifies a sense of opulence and richness that is only found in these aesthetical couture pieces of fashion. As much as I love high fashion, what draws me to McQueen is that he makes his fashion more aesthetical rather than wearable - to showcase his designs. It isn't about wearing the pieces on an elegant evening out, it's about showcasing his creativity and imagination to reveal something beautifully outstanding and remarkable to a persons aesthetic eye, and this is what hones in on my aesthetic eye.
From a Vogue UK magazine, I found an article about Sarah Burton and her new 2012 Collection. I ink dyed and french polished the page of a certain dress published to create a more 'savage' and 'decay' to such a beautiful dress. I wanted to experiment and do this because McQueen is known for recurring themes and concepts which begin with 'The Romantic Mind' and we examine his subversion of structured, traditional tailoring and dress making through the deconstruction displacement that he emphasises through his work. The term 'Romantic Gothic' and 'Earthly Darkness' I believe highlights McQueens approach to Fashion. It also illuminates his engagement with Romantic literary traditions such as death, decay, and darkness. Further galleries feature the themes Romantic Naturalism, Romantic Primitivism, and Romantic Exoticism, as well as a Cabinet of Curiosities. From my previously posted 'Neo-Romanticism' extract, McQueen also captures that through his structure, texture, colours and ways of creating savage romanticism in Fashion.