Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Long Live McQueen

As Catherine Middleton stepped out to the world's media outside Westminster, many said that a light ray of of sunshine shone on the Duchess of Cambridge and her couture. Many stated it was a "pure fashion moment", yet  many felt a tinge of sadness for the loss of the head of the McQueen brand who had been commissioned to complete the piece.

Lee McQueen was an east end London boy with deep Scottish roots who had trained at Savile Row from the age of  16. His graduate collection was then bought in full from his the eccentric English fashionista friend Isabel Blow- who later found milliner Phillip Treacey and model Sophie Dahl.

Last night, the brand's Creative Director, Sarah Burton, came together with McQueen's friends Naomi Campbell,  Daphne Guinness and Sarah Jessica Parker at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to celebrate the creations of McQueen in the display Savage Beauty. Parker who once walked the streets of New York in Carrie Bradshaw's Manolo's, wore a nude coloured McQueen dress to mark the occasion.

After being flung onto the fashion stage a mere five days ago, Burton wore a white Grecian style McQueen gown with a beaded waist. Commenting on Lee, she softly spoke "He was a genius".  Treacey also commented " For me, this feels horrific but ( McQueen) would have loved it - he would have pretended to hate it, but he would have loved it. The wedding dress would have given him a sense of validation."

For those who were unaware of the fashion power house, you are given the gift of a catalogue of his creations, with 100 pieces being on display.  The romantic rebel  will always be truly missed and this exhibition gives a true insight into McQueen's magic and cabinet of curiosities...

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