Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Image by Damian Cugley, used under a Creative Commons license

Once semester is over and the usual tide of emails and meetings subsides, I am able to focus for a while on some writing.

This weekend I completed the draft of a chapter for the catalogue of the upcoming Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Titled ‘Su{i}ture: McQueen, tailoring and the Fashion Metropolis’ it examined McQueen’s formative training as a bespoke tailor on Savile Row, his immersion in the psycho-geography of London and their effects on the startling presentations of his early couture shows.

I structured the essay around a discussion of a bespoke McQueen/Huntsman suit I had made for an exhibition I was co-curating in 2002. Thinking it all through took me back to the context of a millennial London that no longer exists, and forward to the much delayed completion of a longer book on the cultural history of the suit which I must finish in August, before the emails and meetings mount up again as the next semester starts.

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2 thoughts on “Alexander McQueen

  1. Dear Principal,

    I just came across your post here and the above paragraph I structured the essay around a discussion of a bespoke McQueen/Huntsman suit I had made for an exhibition I was co-curating in 2002. Thinking it all through took me back to the context of a millennial London that no longer exists, and forward to the much delayed completion of a longer book on the cultural history of the suit which I must finish in August, before the emails and meetings mount up again as the next semester starts”

    I work for Huntsman and would love to read your essay/discussion on the McQueen/Huntsman collaboration back in 2002. It was before my time with he company and unfortunately many of the staff involved with the project back then have now left.

    With kind thanks for any assistance you might provide,

    Poppy Charles

    • Dear Poppy,

      Thanks for the interest. The essay is now published as a chapter in the V&A exhibition catalogue for the Alexander McQueen exhibition. Let me know if you can’t get hold of a copy. I still have the Huntsman suit – it has special memories.

      All best wishes,

      Chris

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