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Alexander McQueen’s Documentary Reveals Truths and Half-Truths about the Fashion Icon

Alexander McQueen’s Documentary Reveals Truths and Half-Truths about the Fashion Icon
Alexander McQueen receiving applause at the end of his Spring/Summer 1997 Givenchy Haute Couture show
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The makers of the documentary “McQueen” explore the tormented tales of one of the most sensationalized name in British Haute Couture. The late designer, who succumbed to an untimely ending committing suicide aged only 40 years, left a rich legacy of refined and raged fashion. All he ever feared was to seem mundane and he kept on challenging himself. The makers of the documentary tell the nuanced tale of this insecure man through his joyride of fashion adventures. His was a truly rags to riches story that started when he stitched bin bags and market stall fabrics because that was all that he had at his disposal. And when the riches finally came it sure was plentiful.

The film “McQueen,” Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui’s documentary narrates the tragic story of the late fashion designer, captures the curious relationship that celebrity and couture share. The film elaborates his story, being the son of a taxi driver and a teacher who only built his career on his talent and hard work. He was always radical in an industry that was increasingly corporate giving unattainable standards to define beauty. The macabre designs of McQueen and the controversy it created were inspired by morbid subjects like Jack the Ripper and the Jacobite Rebellion. [Scotsman]

Daze Digital quotes Peter Ettedgui, co-director of “McQueen” alongside Ian Bonhote: “All of McQueen’s work was just so visually and emotionally spectacular, and so visceral – there was intent in every stitch of his work, in every presentation, in everything that he did. When we set out to make the film, we really strongly believed that what he did throughout his career needed to be brought to the big screen. While there was a dark undercurrent to everything he created, his work was so vibrant and full of life. And so was he.”

The two co-directors of the film Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui spent a year working on an existing film of McQueen alongside his famous protector-antagonist Isabella Blow. They film weaves through a series of interviews by the members of his family and some of McQueen’s collaborators whom he left behind shell-shocked with his maddening life and, albeit, the abrupt death. [The Guardian]

According to Vogue’s international editor Suzy Menkes, the result is: “the most sensitive vision about a creative who never lost his rough edges, and who put his life – the bloody history of distant warriors in Scotland and childhood abuse within his family – on stage.”

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