A spokesman for Dame Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer, said she was "incredibly sorry" to hear the news.
Costume V. Wear-ability
Alexander McQueen was part of the overlong and ongoing celebration of the Costumier as replacement of the legitimate Couturier. Instead of focusing upon the needs of the Haute Couture patron, the houses opt for creations suited for seemingly endless stage and film productions, where reality is little considered, if at all. Haute Couture and High Fashion generally, is a fine line walk between what is wearable and what is Costume. It is the Master Couturier and Designer who in the past would have relegated most of Mr. McQueen's work to the trash heap through very careful editing thinking first and foremost of their patron and client. While Mr. McQueen’s death, as a result of a yet-to-be-confirmed suicide is extremely sad, I am struck by the majority of comments regarding his work as “ugly” and “grotesque” with which I largely agree. However, he was celebrated (as is that other Costumier posing as a Couturier John Galliano), for his “art-for-art’s-sake” creations and sensibility. While Mr. McQueen left the realm of Haute Couture to focus upon the High-End world of luxe Ready-to-Wear (and a hoped-for broader market appeal which never transpired), bringing with him the identical gothic view, which is a limited market at best, his work, along with far too many collections these days, begs the question “who is the client for such absurd and un-wearable work?” Because of what is in the end, a limited view and fantasy, his hoped-for broader success was doomed from the get go.
I always recall viewing an F.I.T. event in which he stated he never quite understood the relationship between Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, which says a lot about what passes for creative genius today. Who would rather view work by Mr. McQueen than M. Givenchy? But this too appears to be the commitment towards the contempt for and destruction of elegance and beauty. It is amazing to me how awful most women look today; there appear to be more fashion victims than Women of Style. Too many women have opted to look downright frightening than elegant and chic and don’t seem to realize what eyesores they really are.
To my view, Mr. McQueen’s work is precisely what is wrong with the global fashion business. Endless Costumes ignoring the needs of the contemporary Woman of Style, for a splash in the media, such as the infinitely tiresome pages of Advance Publications “Vogue” and “W”. I have long found it hilarious that the over-exposed Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, for example never once has donned the absurd and ugly creations she advances in the pages of Vogue, always opting for work more wearable from the likes of Chanel. I for one would have welcomed film footage of her walking around
To Mr. McQueen’s credit, he did offer some very beautiful creations in a few of his collections, but they were so small in number, and therefore overshadowed by his uglier and often more impractical creations.
To this end, I would welcome examples from those who view Mr. McQueen’s work as “ugly” and “grotesque”. Who is producing clothes that you admire and that you either wear or would like to wear?