Monday May 25, 2020

The cutting edges of McQueen

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen still provokes strong reactions, even from beyond the grave, writes Ruth O’Connor

9th May, 2015
Platos atlantis gallery at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition

The people in the exhibition halls gaze upwards, rapt. For three hours I have been walking these halls in wonder. There are purpose-built interiors and cabinets holding statuesque mannequins, their faces masked and menacing.

The voice of deceased fashion designer Alexander McQueen is entwined with a pulsing beat, the wash of waves, a child’s voice singing an eerie lullaby, the tapping of the typewriter. The sound is a bitter elegy for the critics who fail...

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