Alexander McQueen – History of Style & Design

Alexander McQueen began his career in the fashion world at the age of 16 on Savile Row. Once he had finished his apprenticeship there, he moved onto work for Angels and Bermans, where he learned six methods of pattern cutting ranging from melodramatic 16th century designs to the razor sharp tailoring that McQueen has grown to become known for. McQueen’s fashion shows always made sure to give off a feel of emotional power and raw energy tied into the romantic and contemporary nature of his designs. These fashion shows have become what McQueen is known for showing on the runway and what viewers and fans of his collections expect at one of his shows. Off of the Alexander McQueen site it states that McQueens collections “combine an in-depth working knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing.” McQueen always tried to tell a story in his fashion shows, and his designs were usually described as having a dark feel behind then. McQueen was famous for allowing his designs to also be viewed as a piece of art. McQueens design philosophy was as follows: “To make a piece that can transcend any trend and will still hold as much presence in 100 years’ time when you find it an antique store as when you bought it in my store yesterday.”

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