Dress, Alexander McQueen

  • Alexander McQueen 

  • Without label
  • Ready-to-wear, spring-summer 2010, "Plato's Atlantis" collection
  • Grey thread-to-thread woollen veil. Viscose jersey, mohair and elastane printed in shades of purple, pink, blue and black stretched in anamorphosis. Silver lamé straps. Buttons in grey pearly shell. Grey silk pongee.
  • GAL2020.2.5
  • 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.

One of the British designer's most resounding collections is taking place for the spring-summer 2010 season. Entitled "Plato's Atlantis", the fashion show prefigures a post-apocalyptic world, engulfed by global warming and in which the human species is mutating for its survival.

This fashion moment illustrates the second and final creative phase of the couturier. He wants to start from a new base by reinventing shapes and silhouettes. Their diffusion evolves: this is the first fashion show presented live on the Internet. However, "Plato's Atlantis" will be his last women's fashion collection presented during his lifetime, before the death of Alexander McQueen in February 2010.

This piece highlights McQueen's talent as a tailor, forged in the London workshops on Savile Row. It is a trompe-l'oeil frock coat dress in grey thread-to-thread woollen canvas, set in an anamorphic printed jersey mini dress whose kaleidoscopic patterns are inspired by jellyfish and oceanic surveys.

Notice's author : Alexandre Samson