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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)

Alexander McQueen was an incredibly accomplished British fashion designer/artist. He was known for his ability to juxtapose female strength and sensuality with fragility. His creations suggest ethereal fantasy images of Scottish heroines wandering moors or castle keeps. Inspired by women's dress depicted in Pre-Raphaelite paintings, he borrowed ideas and combined them with chain mail, armor, Tartan plaids and punk. McQueen brought silks together with Victorian tartan crinolines, bird-wings, antler-and-lace headdresses, feathers, and ancient pieces of brocade. His artistry, creative use of the unexpected and spectacular showmanship will be missed.

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