Alexander McQueen: Romantic Gothic

Below is part two of my sit down with Curator at The Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton. This second theme, entitled Romantic Gothic, in both the catalogue and exhibition focuses on how McQueen was continually inspired by the Romantic Movement of the 19th century as well as Dior’s New Look in the mid 20th century. The raven-esque dress that opens the second chapter of the exhibition was taken from his Fall/Winter 2009 show dubbed The Horn of Plenty which was my first ever Alexander McQueen show. I’ll never forget the monstrous red lips painted on the model’s faces, the Isabella Blow head pieces, or the final two dresses. The second to last was an ‘egg dress’ and the finale piece was the raven. It was as if the former hatched backstage and the raven took its first steps out on the runway… Quite the sight. Enjoy!

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