Theater of McQueen

Paris…Alexander McQueen

In a collection with a fiercely imaginative spirit similar to that of couture, there was nothing commercial about McQueen’s F/W 09 presentation. Exaggerated houndstooth and tweed patterns on lady-like suits were topped-off with outlandish hats crafted out of miniature umbrellas. Dominatrix heels and garishly painted lips added to the fantasy, reminiscent of the shocking sensation felt at the Follies-Bergere Theater. Feathered trumpet-shaped strapless dresses came with foot-high platforms to match. The black and red plumage crossed over onto M.C. Escher-Esque bird prints on satin in matching colorways. Even a heavy gauge sweater-knit dresses embodied a circus feel, with tubular components draped around the head and neck. Stepping out of the box, a concept familiar to McQueen, allowed for the most exciting show of the season.




  1. Isabella

    Escher! The forms, shapes, exaggerated proportions are incredible!

  2. Louise

    What’s up with the lips?
    They look like Goth Clowns.

  3. The lips are taken from Leigh Bowery, the performance artist who lived in London during the ’80s and influenced a whole generation of London designers.

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