Alexander McKING

Spring/Summer 2010 Collection // Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen, um dos maiores génios da arte e da moda, completaria 49 anos hoje.

Alexander que dedicou mais de metade da sua vida à indústria mais amada, mais veloz e talvez mais cruel, soube desde muito cedo o que lhe fazia o sangue ferver. Aos 16 anos despede-se da escola e encontra trabalho (e o início do seu brilhante percurso) em Savile Row, famoso pelos seus fatos feitos à medida. A posterior evolução passou por trabalhar com Angels and Bermans – que desenvolviam roupas para teatro. O peso desta passagem foi imenso na veia criativa de McQueen, tornando-se a sua assinatura muito pessoal das suas criações como as conhecemos.

Em 1992 completa o seu mestrado em design de moda, na Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, e pouco depois começa a criar vestuário de senhora. Alexander destaca-se pela sua particular visão sobre a moda e quatro anos depois de completar o curso é nomeado Diretor Criativo da Givenchy, pertencente à Louis Vuitton Fashion House.

Apesar da posição de prestígio que ocupava McQueen, com as suas ideias demasiado à frente do seu tempo, não se sentia enquadrado nas expectativas que a marca tinha dele e a frustração tornou-se uma constante.

Em 2000 a Gucci compra 50% da marca pessoal de Alexander McQueen e providencia o capital necessário para que esta se expanda. Pouco tempo depois o criativo abandona a Givenchy e começa a trilhar o seu próprio caminho, segundo as suas regras estéticas e de construção. Com o apoio da italiana Gucci, McQueen abriu lojas em todas as capitais da moda e tornou-se um dos maiores criativos da indústria.

A imensidão do sucesso não eliminou a sua timidez, muito menos foi motivo suficiente para gerir a perda da mãe, que falece a 2 de Fevereiro de 2010. Um dia antes do seu funeral, a 11 de Fevereiro de 2010, Alexander McQueen é encontrado sem vida no seu apartamento em Londres – sendo a causa da sua morte confirmada como suicídio.

Hoje, no dia do seu 49º aniversário, honramos o amado génio com uma galeria dos seus momentos criativos mais icónicos.


Alexander McQueen, one of the most art and fashion genius, would turn 49 today.

Alexander, who gave more than half of his life to the most beloved, fast and maybe cruel industry, knew early what he loved and wanted. At the age of 16 he dropped out of school and found a job (the beginning of his brilliant path) in Savile Row, well known for their made-to-order men’s suits. The subsequent evolution began with working at Angels and Bermans – developing theater costumes. This part of his life was really relevant for the creative genius, and became his personal signature in his creations, as we know them today.

In 1992 he received his Fashion Design M.A. from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, and shortly after  he began to create women’s clothes. Alexander stood out by his particular fashion vision and only four years later he became the Creative Director of Givenchy, a brand owned by Louis Vuitton Holdings.

Despite the prestigious job, McQueen’s  ideas were way ahead of his time, and he felt like he didn’t fit the brand’s expectations and the frustration became a constant.

In the year 2000, Gucci bought 50% of Alexander McQueen’s personal company and provided the required capital to expand his brand. Shortly after, the designer gave up Givenchy and started to buil his own path, with his own fashion constructions and his own aesthetic rules. With Gucci’s support, McQueen opened stores in every single fashion capital and became one of the biggest industry creative minds.

This huge success wasn’t enough to tone down his shyness, much less to help him handling the death of his mother, who died in February 2, 2010. One day before the funeral, in February 11, 2010, Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London apartment – cause of death: suicide. 

Today, on his 49º birthday, we honor the beloved genius with a gallery containing some of his biggest creations. 

 

Alexander McQueen// VOSS, Spring/Summer 2001 The Armadillo Boot, one of Lady Gaga favorites. // Plato's Atlantis, Spring/Summer 2010 // Alexander McQueen The theme was Battle of Culloden, and the show was a tribute to the widows of the men who lost their lives in the battle. // Autumn/Winter 06/07 // Alexander McQueen The show had the model Shalom Harlow looking like she was being "attacked" by two giants robots. // Spring/Summer 1999 // Alexander McQueen The black swan in one of his latest runway shows // The Horn of Plenty, Autumn Winter 09/10 // Alexander McQueen The dress made with razor clam shells was stripped and destroyed by the model Erin O’Conner in a very theatrical moment. // VOSS, Spring/Summer 2001 // Alexander McQueen When McQueen made it rain in his Black 2003 fashion show // Alexander McQueen When McQueen brought wolves to the runway show. // Autumn/Winter 2002 // Alexander McQueeen When the show happened in Conciergerie, the prison famous for holding Marie Antoinette. // Autumn/Winter 2002 // Alexander McQueen For his Spring/Summer 2004 fashion show, McQueen turned the runway into a dancing platform. // Alexander McQueen In his Spring/Summer 2005 show the models played chess // Alexander McQueen McQueen made a wind tunnel for the finale of his Autumn/WInter 2003 collection show. // Alexander McQueen
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The dress made with razor clam shells was stripped and destroyed by the model Erin O’Conner in a very theatrical moment. // VOSS, Spring/Summer 2001 // Alexander McQueen

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