Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Collection
Runway: Paris Fashion Week (PFW) 2008
Looking back through this formidable collection by the late Alexander McQueen, it is not hard to see why he was such a force in the fashion industry.
The theme for my reviews have focused on how Western designers have been inspired by the East and vice versa. McQueen blends the two together in this collection. His inspiration is a combination of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Wellington and the Indian Empire.
The five looks I have selected represent the diverse nature of McQueen’s work. He embodies the grandeur of royal Britain with rich colour tones, a billowing coat with masses of fabric and a proclamation of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth II with her image on one of the dresses along with the union jack - to name but a few. The Duke of Wellington influence comes across with McQueen’s alteration to the red and gold military jacket. The large, dynamic, Indian jewels complete the look as it matches the colour scheme of each attire. This incredible collection captures his vision of the colonial era.
McQueen’s legacy in the fashion industry will be based on how he brought life and experimentation into the spirit of fashion. To put it simply, McQueen transformed the way we think and see fashion - he is an inspiration to us all.