A Tribute to Alexander McQueen

Integral to the McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, fluidity and severity. An openly emotional and even passionate viewpoint is realised with a profound respect and influence for the arts and crafts tradition. Alexander's collections combine an in-depth working knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing."

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It can be said that this "juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, fluidity and severity" is where said controversy lies. McQueen's foundations lay with experience in some of the best fashion houses in London and Europe, an education at Central Saint Martin's and more awards than imaginable. It's no doubt McQueen knew what he was doing, but adding a certain personal touch was more than some could handle.

Take for example the twelve inch, glitterati, a little bit alien like, a little bit Gaga like booties presented at his Paris unveiling in October 2009. A height of fashion genius or absurd? That's up to personal opinion but whatever it is, the mainstream global media had a say so they must have been impressive. In the same show, models displayed afterlife, reptile inspired hair styles and architecturally shaped dresses. After all, the shoes would look out of place with normal hair styles.

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Following McQueen's un-confirmed suicide death in 2010, his label is left in the capable hands of Sarah Burton, who's education evolved around the McQueen label. While his dynasty lives on, McQueen does not, nor the controversy surrounding his designs. Whether the debate is personal opinion or fashion law will never be known but there's no doubt his work in anything less the iconic. And if Lady Gaga sports his pieces, what more needs to be said?