Dress, Alexander McQueen

  • Alexander McQueen

  • Label on the dress in woven fabric, inside back neckline on right side, white on grey: "ALEXANDER MCQUEEN / MADE IN ITALY".
  • Ready-to-wear, spring-summer 2003, "Irere" collection
  • Mousseline de soie imprimée dans les tons de rouge, de jaune et de bleu coupée franc. Satin rouge baleiné.
  • GAL2020.2.2
  • Acquisition, Vogue Paris Foundation 2019
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

From 1992 to 2010, the British designer Alexander McQueen shakes up the fashion world with his virtuoso works with precise cuts and his hybrid universe. His grandiose fashion shows, presented in Paris from 2001 onwards, questioned the body and its canons of beauty as much as the structure of clothing.

Each of Alexander McQueen's collections responds to a chosen theme and precise personal inspirations.

Presented on October 4, 2002, the "Irère" collection is enriched by a film by John Maybury shown during the parade: the story of a girl shipwrecked at the end of the 16th century who swims to the shores of French Guyana. She then lives in the jungle, undergoes the invasion of the conquistadors before dressing in the feathers of the costumes of the indigenous peoples, then a symbol of freedom and innocence. The name "Irere" comes from the Amerindian "jerere", referring to the Surinamese bald duck.

This short dress, the last passage of the parade, thus corresponds to the end of the collection, elaborated around the shimmering colours of the tribes and birds of Amazonia. The printed muslin, with its drapes fixed by folds and twists, is inspired by the plumage of the red Guyanese macaw, while its asymmetrical edges and clean-cut sides recall the jungle and the violence of the story at the source of the show.

Notice's author : Alexandre Samson