Ten years since his passing, the gaping hole left by the unequaled, unparalleled, and unapologetic Alexander McQueen still remains. As we celebrate his lasting legacy, we look back at his most daring, perspective-shifting fashion shows.
“Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.” – Alexander McQueen
Even a decade later, it can be said: There’s no one that does it like the legendary Alexander McQueen. From his dramatic runway shows to his statement-making designs, it’s undeniable that he’s a fashion genius. His collections have been a breakthrough in the fashion industry and even up to this day, it still resonates with people. Dubbed as a fashion hero for some and enfant terrible for others, his career was proof that fashion is more than just making and wearing clothes.
Ten years after his passing, we remember Alexander McQueen at his greatest; the collections that moved people, his designs that brought tears to buyers, editors, and fans alike, the indelible mark he left in this world that has got us still talking about him with much respect and admiration.
These are his most risqué creations that changed the game in the fashion community.
Fall 1995: Highland Rape
The Highland Rape was one of the most controversial shows, thanks to his classic Scottish-English references combined with overtly sexual pieces. Models strutted the runway while flashing the audience with see-through tops, bumster skirts, and more. Though controversial, this collection was merely a glimpse of what was to come during Alexander McQueen’s career.
Spring 1998: Untitled
Alexander McQueen’s runway shows are known to be bold and game-changing. For his spring 1998 show, he explored his sexual fantasies. Demonstrating his pieces with fetishized pieces with sculpted latex and sheers fabrics.
Fall/Winter 2006: Widows of Cullen
This was one of his most dramatic runway shows inspired by the Jacobite Risings that culminated in the Battle of Culloden in 1745. A eulogy to all the widowed wives because of the subjugation of Scotland by the English. The show’s finale was a haunting hologram of Kate Moss inspired by the Peppers Ghost, a Victorian optical illusion.
If there’s anything to take away from Alexander McQueen’s runway shows, it is that he isn’t afraid to make unconventional things beautiful. Everything he produces is performance art, and there’s no one that can be like him.