Last week, Alexander McQueen died. Like many who love fashion, he was one of my favourite designers. In fashion school, you would be hard-pressed to find a student who didn’t adore McQueen, idolize him, want to be him. It was his subversive streak, the dramatic staging, the reverence for history, the attention to craft, over all a perfect blend of rigour and rebellion, that we all loved.
This is the fourth attempt at a tribute illustration to McQueen. It is daunting to try and create a small offering of respect with my own modest talents. I chose a favourite dress from his Fall 2003 collection – this was the first year that I was following the new collections closely, and of all of McQueen’s work, there is a sense of discovery that goes with this collection, for me.
Thank you Alexander McQueen, for inspiring so many of us to pursue fashion on our own terms. Rest in peace.