London was McQueen’s world. He grew up in the city’s East End and having left school at 15 years old he seized the chance to become an apprentice tailor at the world famous Savile Row in Mayfair. In 1990 he was accepted onto the prestigious MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins. He drew inspiration from everything around him including the emerging Brit Art scene, London’s rich history, and its illustrious architecture and museums.
“London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration,” Alexander McQueen, January 2000.
|Spray painted dress, No. 13, S/S 1999|
|Duck feather dress, The Horn of Plenty, A/W 2009/10|
Nature was the most prominent influence upon Alexander McQueen with collections often including fashions that took their forms and raw materials from the natural world. With his mixture of technology, craft and showmanship McQueen frequently played upon the transformative powers of clothing.
|Jacket, Alexander McQueen, It's a Jungle out there, Autumn/Winter 1997-8|
|Python skin Armadillo boot, S/S 2010|
If you are as much of a fan as we are of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty display, and avant garde is your thing, be sure to visit us at Alfies to see the wide range of unique and original items available from our dealers. Here are some of our favourites:
|1950s black velvet and appliqué textile feather hat, offered by Tony Durante|
|1950s Italian Murano red and gold glass fish offered by Eclectic Antiques & Contemporary|
|This 1940s brown hat is made of felt and feather.Offered by Velvet Atelier|
|1920s lame dress with 3D lame leafs and grapes offered by Velvet Atelier|
|18ct garnet Victorian buckle in original box. Offered by Kieron Reilly|
|19th century icon of a Russian Saint on gold background, offered by Diplomat Treasures International|
|1940s large chocolate brown envelope crocodile clutch bag. Offered by Tony Durante|