Sunday, February 27, 2011

God Save McQueen...

Marking the one-year anniversary of Lee Alexander McQueen's death, Channel 4 aired an amazing yet heartbreaking documentary, McQueen & I, about the late fashion genius on Friday night and it was well worth staying in for.

Mourned by many, understood by few, Lee McQueen is remembered by those who knew him best - his brother, Michael, talks us through the late fashion designer's East London beginnings, when McQueen used his jobseekers allowance to pay for his fabrics, and Jodie Kidd, then an up-and-coming model, recalls when all he could offer was exposure and sandwiches provided by his mother. Former friends meanwhile tell the tale of McQueen's "acid house drag" days before he was famous and how he lavished them with £5,000 jackets once featured on the cover of Vogue. Detmar Blow, Isabella's husband, gives a deeper insight into the co-dependent relationship the pair once had, further illustrated by past interviews and footage.

To me, McQueen's story is made all the more incredible by the fact that he was a born into a working class family in East London, yet from this humble and seemingly quite tough background he grew into one of the most talented designers ever seen.

R.I.P. McQueen, fashion will never be quite as interesting again.


thegayte-keeper said...


Corve DaCosta said...

Long live the McQueen