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Fashion as Art: The Savage Beauty of Alexander McQueen

By Diane Small

Though there are many talented fashion designers out there, few could be considered true ‘artists’. And even fewer would be worthy of an exhibition in a major museum.  But Alexander McQueen is one of those few.

After the  acclaimed Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A in London this year, which was the most attended show in the long history of the V&A, renowned fashion photographer  Nick Knight and the SHOWstudio team set about opening up his film archive, searching for unused and unseen footage from his collaborations with Alexander McQueen.

Sitting alongside his ‘Unseen McQueen’ and ‘Black: 2015’ projects, this film by Knight – created with the help Younji Ku and Jon Emmony – features footage shot in 2010 for the tribute film, ‘To Lee, With Love, Nick.’ The short fashion film features some of McQueen’s most acclaimed designs as selected by current head of the house of McQueen,  Sarah Burton, and with  the input of stylist Edward Enninful.

The video perfectly captures the dark beauty of McQueen’s fashion, translating it into art in breathtaking motion.

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    Aug 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    What a great video that captures the movement, character, and artistry behind McQueen’s work!

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    Nov 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    This is absolutely perfect. A stunning video that encapsulates McQueen but still holds a little bit of mystery. I adore this.

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    Eric Williamsone
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    That is really outstanding video. I really appreciate McQueen’s work. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

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    Gary - Fashion NI
    Jul 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Prepare to be confused – classic McQueen/ Knight at their best. Where can we go from here? It will be interesting.

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    May 17, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Thank you for posting such a great article! Absolutely beautiful!

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