Alexander McQueen


lot 154, <strong>short dress</strong>, size 42

Alexander McQueen’s autumn 2010 collection, his last collection prior to his early death, was inspired by Byzantine art, the carvings of Grinling Gibbons, and Old Master paintings, works by Jean Fouquet, Sandro Botticelli, Stephan Lochner, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Jean Hey and Heironymus Bosch. Entire art works and/or details were captured digitally, woven into jacquards or embroidered and engineered to fit individual garments. The realization is both innovative and modern, however. Although garments are intricately worked they are light, often cut from a single bolt of fabric, and using as few seams as possible or, on occasion, no seam at all. Volume is created by draping, bulleting and hand-mounting onto organza as opposed to more cumbersome inner structure. Fabrics from this collection included silk duchesse jacquards, over-dyed vintage brocades, gold metal jacquards, metallasse, washed single and double duchesse satins, fil coupe satin organzas, silk chiffons, taffetas.

All the patterns in this collection were cut on the stand by Lee Alexander McQueen.
Each piece is unique, as was he.