Tales of a Chimeric World
Born in London in 1969, Alexander McQueen shook up the fashion world with extremely staged and theatrical shows between the 1990s and 2000s. Avant-garde and provocative, his style oscillates between romanticism and decadence, power and fragility.
At 16, he left school and began training with renowned tailors at Saville Row. He then entered the sacrosanct Central Saint Martins, where he presented in 92 his end-of-year show entitled "Jack The Ripper Stalks His Victims". In the audience, the critic Isabella Blow, upset, buys the entire collection, thus becoming her patron and her friend.
In 1996, when he did not yet have a house to his name, he replaced Galliano as head of Givenchy's artistic director. Although his first collection was rejected by critics, he received the British Designer of the Year award, which he won four times during his career.
In 2000, he founded his brand, before leaving Givenchy the following year. His Spring/Summer 2002 show "VOSS" or "The Asylum" encloses models in a glass asylum, becoming the first in a series of shows more iconic than the other. From "The Girl Who Lived in the Tree" Fall/Winter 2008 to her latest collection "Plato's Atlantis" Spring/Summer 2010, to "The Horn of Plenty" Autumn/Winter 2009, her shows assail the viewer with contrary emotions, intrigue and amaze.
In 2010, following the fatal gesture of the English designer, Sarah Burton, his right-hand man of more than 14 years, took over the artistic direction of the house.
Barely a year later, she created the dress worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William and was also awarded designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards. She was even awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to British fashion the following year.