I think the McQueen aesthetic is something that's inbuilt in all British people. There's something about the brands' gritty but beautiful style that's clearly influenced by our gloomy skies and (sometimes) proper disposition. A truly avant-garde designer and technically gifted person, Alexander portrayed the dark side of fashion, full of taxidermy, ornate headdresses and the kind of intricate, beaded detail more likely to be found in a Baroque painting. His protégé, Sarah Burton has shown she is more than capable of carrying his identity on, creating collections that continue to inspire new designers and viewers alike. I was gifted Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty a few months ago, the book a large hardcover with reflective, morphing image of McQueen himself and a skull, which contains images and studies of six of his well known collections.
More than anything, the book is a visual delight. Aside from a few well picked quotes, simple dialogue and an interview with Sarah Burton, the book is mainly full to the brim of glossy pages of some the designers most well known work. Published to mark the opening of an exhibition organised by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, almost every depiction of gowns, head ornaments and accessories is modelled on a mannequin as it was in the exhibition itself, which is a little downside, because obviously they don't look or feel the same as when on a woman - although it does allow for little attention to be taken away from the garments themselves. I also liked how the book was laid out in clear sections showing stages of Alexander's career, mimicking the idea of viewing a room full of outfits from a specific collection in the exhibition. I've worked on a few illustrations of RTW McQueen from 2013, as seen below. The patterns are incredibly time consuming to sketch but I assume it gives me a slight indication of how long it takes to design the fabric itself.