Dress, Alexander McQueen

  • Alexander McQueen 

  • Label in woven fabric inside back neckline left side, white on grey: "ALEXANDER MCQUEEN / MADE IN ITALY".
  • Ready-to-wear, spring-summer 2010, "Plato's Atlantis" collection
  • Double satin silk weave to organza, digitally printed with an anamorphic pattern in shades of green, yellow, orange, brown and blue. Stretch tulle.
  • GAL2020.2.6
  • 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 collection of women's fashion during Alexander McQueen's lifetime, before his death in February 2010.

The print of this dress, snakeskin tangled in anamorphosis on satin and organza mixed together, evokes the theme of mutation. The cut of the sleeves and skirt, bubbled by numerous darts and volutes supported by bands of horsehair, is emblematic of the research for new shapes pursued by Alexander McQueen throughout his career.

Notice's author : Alexandre Samson