STORY OF CREATIVE GENIUS, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’S LIFE…

HISTORICAL EVENTS OF MCQUEEN’S LIFE THROUGH PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO FASHION INDUSTRY.

 

 

 

“IT WAS A WAY TO EXORCIZE HIS DEMONS, A WAY OF PROTECTING WOMEN AND HIMSELF BY CREATING THESE STRONG WOMEN WHO LOOKED LIKE THEY HAD ARMOR ON.”

GARY MCQUEEN SAYS IN THE MCQUEEN FILM

1969 – 2010

 EARLY HISTORY OF MCQUEEN’S CHILDHOOD

Alexander McQueen, also known as, “Lee McQueen” was born in London in 1969. Lee was born into a family of 6 siblings, him being the youngest. McQueens shared a close relationship with his parents Joyce and Ronald, especially close connection to his mother Joyce, who was his biggest supporter.

I. CHILDHOOD INFLUENCE

  • MCQUEEN STRUGGLED WITH A DARK CHILDHOOD PAST OF WITNESSING HIS SISTER JOYCE, BE BRUTALLY BEATEN BY HER HUSBAND.
  • “IT WAS A WAY TO EXORCIZE HIS DEMONS, A WAY OF PROTECTING WOMEN AND HIMSELF BY CREATING THESE STRONG WOMEN WHO LOOKED LIKE THEY HAD ARMOR ON.” GARY MCQUEEN SAYS IN THE MCQUEEN FILM

 

II. MCQUEEN’S START TO CREATIVE DESIGN

  • 1990, MOVES TO MILAN, ITALY TO WORK AS DESIGN ASSISTANT TO ROMER GIGLI
  • 1992 MCQUEEN, RECEIVED MASTERS DEGREE, HIS GRADUATION COLLECTION THAT SHOCKED VIEWERS CALLED “JACK THE RIPPER STALKS HIS VICTIMS.”
  • 1993, “HIGHLAND RAPE” LONDON FASHION SHOW SHOCKS MEDIA AND FASHION WORLD ATTRACTING ATTENTION TO MCQUEEN. MODELS ARE SHOWN WEARING RIPPED CLOTHES LOOKING DISTURBED. MEDIA COMMENTS AS “GROTESQUE DISPLAY” OF FASHION.

III. GIVENCHY 1996

  • ASKED TO BE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF GIVENCHY
  • BROUGHT HIS OWN TEAM TO GIVENCHY
  • PARIS FASHION HOUSE
    • CATHERINE DE LEON DIRECTOR OF ATELIER
    • FRENCH LANGUAGE STRUGGLE
    • STARTED CUTTING GIVENCHY’S DESIGNS
    • HAUTE COUTURE FASHION HOUSE ATELIER MUTUAL RESPECTED GAINED AFTER TIME
    • FUNDS EARNED FROM GIVENCHY AND REINVESTED BACK INTO MCQUEEN
    • GIVENCHY FASHION SHOW
      • HOUSE COLORS WHITE AND GOLD
      • MODELS HAD OWN IDENTITY SIGNATURE MOTIF
      • MEDIA DISGUSTED BY SHOW SEX APPEAL, TERROR, DARK THEME

IV. MCQUEEN’S RISE OF SUCCESS

  • THE RICHES OF MCQUEEN’S SUCCESS IN TERMS OF FINANCE WERE A STRUGGLE IN REGARDS TO FINANCES.
  • WHEN MONEY CAME BROUGHT TENSION BETWEEN RELATIONSHIPS
  • ISABELLA BLOW CLOSE FRIEND OF LEE AND PART OF MCQUEENS TEAM.
  • PRESS BATTLE LEFT MCQUEEN UPSET ABOUT ISABELLA TAKING CREDIT FOR MCQUEEN.
  • DRUGS BECAME A FACTOR IN MQUEEN’S DOWNFALL IN ADDITION TO DEALING WITH HIS DARK AND TWISTED SEXUAL ABUSE AS A BOY.

V. IN 2000, TOM FORD INTRODUCES MCQUEEN TO GUCCI GROUP 

  • GUCCI GROUP AQUIRED 51% OF THE MCQUEEN LABEL AND LEE AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR WITH FULL ARTISTIC LICENSE

  • CONTRACT WITH GIVENCHY ENDS

  • 2003 MCQUEEN RELEASED ICONIC SKULL PRINT SCARF IN SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION

    • ALSO, THAT YEAR MCQUEEN RECEIVED CBE AWARD FROM QUEEN OF ENGLAND FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO BRITISH FASHION

VI. BAD BLOOD BETWEEN RIVAL LUXURY FASHION HOUSES

 

LVMH MOET HENESSY LOUIS VUITTON (OWNER OF GIVENCHY) INFURIATED

  • RUMORS CIRCULATE, THE SALE TO GUCCI OF MCQUEEN LABEL AT 51%  INFURIATED LVMH.
  • AS A RESULT GIVENCHY REPLACED MCQUEEN’S LAST 2 COLLECTIONS AND ONLY STATED THAT THIS WOULD BE BEST AS THE LABEL GOES THROUGH TRANSITION.

 

VII. MCQUEEN’S FINAL SHOW, PLATO’S ATLANTIS

  • 2009 “PLATO’S ATLANTIS” WOULD BE MCQUEEN’S LAST FASHION SHOW. CLOSE FRIENDS OF THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR STATED, THIS WAS HIS BEST COLLECTION. IN ADDITION, MCQUEEN’S SHOW HAD A VERY DIFFERENT FEEL TO IT, AS THE VISION WAS FOR MANKIND TO RETURN TO THE SEA FROM WHICH THEY CAME, MCQUEEN TRAINED THE MODELS TO THINK THIS IS THIER REBIRTH AS THEY WALK THE RUNWAY.

VIII. FASHION EMPIRE EVENTS LEADING TO CREATIVE DIRECTOR’S TRAGIC DEATH

  • 2003 LONGTIME FRIEND AND ISABELLA BLOW COMMITS SUICIDE
  • February 2, 2010 MQUEEN’S MOTHER FALLS ILL WITH AND PASSES AWAY FROM KIDNEY FAILURE

    • “IT IS MY GREATEST FEAR, DYING BEFORE YOU” MCQUEEN TELLS HIS MOTHER IN 2004 INTERVIEW WITH THE GUARDIAN
  • ON FEBRUARY 11, 2010 MCQUEEN PASSED AWAY IN HIS LONDON HOME, THE EVE BEFORE HIS MOTHER’S FUNERAL. CAUSE OF DEATH: SUICIDE

SECRET INSPIRATION DRAWN FROM DARK CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

  • MCQUEEN STRUGGLED WITH A DARK CHILDHOOD PAST OF WITNESSING HIS SISTER JOYCE, BE BRUTALLY BEATEN BY HER HUSBAND.
  • IN ADDITION TO THE ABUSE HE SAW JOYCE GO THROUGH, MCQUEEN WAS ALSO BEING ABUSED BY THE SAME MAN. MCQUEEN, HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED BY HIS SISTERS HUSBAND THROUGH HIS CHILDHOOD YEARS. HE HAD KEPT IT HIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES TO HIMSELF FOR HIS OWN OWN REASONS.
  • JOYCE DID NOT FIND OUT UNTIL 4 YEARS BEFORE HIS DEATH.
  • MCQUEEN HAD DISCOVERED CREATIVITY THROUGH THE SEXUAL ABUSE HE ENDURED AS A CHILD. MCQUEEN TRANSLATED HIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES INTO HIS SHOWS, DISPLAYING TWISTED, AND SOMEWHAT HORRIFYING DESIGNS.

 

At his final fashion show in 2009, his former assistant Sebastian Pons says in the film that McQueen contemplated killing himself at the end of the show. “Everything in his life just led to these feelings of torment,” says Pons. “He said ‘Yeah, I’m fed up, I’m done with this, I just want this to end.’ He thought the whole fashion world was against him.” – Sebastian Pons, McQueen’s assistant

 

WRITING ABOUT MQCUEEN’S LIFE, HAD AN EMOTIONAL IMPACT ON ME. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE. THE STORY OF THIS CREATIVE DESIGNER IS MORE THAN JUST AN EDGY SPIN ON THE FASHION INDUSTRY. MQUEEN HAD TRANSFORMED HIS SURPRESSED MEMORIES INTO ART AND USED IT AS HIS DRIVE AND INSPIRATION FOR HIS DESIGNS.

THANK YOU FOR READING, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE.

ALWAYS,

CHELSEA

Fashion & Finance

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