L’enfant terrible show is over.
[After being awarded his CBE]
Much has been said and written about him in the past week, you may remember him for those ubiquitous skull scarves; I remember him for his wildness and fantasy. I think of him and feel like Alice falling through the rabbit hole into the funny and subversive world of McQueen.
His work always provoked a reaction, it was impossible to be indifferent. Often associated with shock and theatrics, he was more than just a showman, armed with impeccable tailoring skills, he was a clothes architect, brimming with talent and wit.
The last work I saw of his was “The bridegroom stripped bare” at the SHOWstudio exhibition in December 2009. It was an incredibly rare oppurtunity to see him in his element.
The man at work – The Bridegroom Stripped Bare [SHOWstudio]
So many questions, will the imminent AW10/11 show go on as a final tribute? What happens to his house? In his own words to Love magazine: “When I’m dead, hopefully this house will still be going. On a spaceship. Hopping up and down above earth.”
I suspect it would be quite difficult to find a replacement that embodies the spirit of his house but whatever the case may be, in my mind he will always be the lovable rogue of fashion.
One of my favourite illustrators (Danny Roberts) painted a beautiful tribute to him:
p.p.s UPDATE (18 Feb 2010):
PPR has confirmed that the Alexander McQueen brand will live on.