"I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I am dead and gone people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen."
Alexander McQueen wove history with the present, reality with the unknown, and ultimately, fashion with the outside world. On this very day, two years ago, the world lost one of the most influential, controversial, unique visionaries ever to enter the fashion industry. Alexander McQueen stunned the audiences all across the world with his creations. "The show... should make you think," as McQueen once said, "there is no point in doing it if it's not going to create some sort of emotion." This vision of the fashion world and McQueen's intense relationship with the work he did made him the genius he is known to be. The designer did not consider commercial aspects of fashion as much as he did what he loved. It was not about what was "in" or what women were currently coveting-it was all about the emotion, the love, the hatred and reality of life which McQueen displayed in every show. "I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil." Alexander McQueen was one of a kind-there was no one like him, no one as unique and different. His talent was recognized and cherished by the industry and the world.
Now, McQueen's beautiful work is carried on by his successor, Sarah Burton, the designer who worked more closely with Alexander than anyone else. In the past, I have honored McQueen's work, his career, his life. Today, I would like to honor the future-McQueen's imprint on the world, and how his work is being carried out. Sarah Burton has taken all of McQueen's inspiration, values, views, and thoughts to create his future collections. Alexander McQueen will never be forgotten. Through the Savage Beauty Exhibition, the women praising him, and the infinite amount of books illustrating his wondrous life, the allure and passion of McQueen's work will never fade into history. But the most important part of him that exists today is the continuation of his brand and the collections which will always reflect the designer himself.
All of Alexander McQueen quotes are from Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
"It is important to look at death because it is a part of life."
"I find beauty in melancholy."
"I try to push the silhouette. To change the silhouette is to change the thinking of how we look."
"I believe in history."
"I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that."
"I am going to take you on journeys you've never dreamed were possible."
"It needs to connect with the earth."
"People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don't see it as aggressive. I have always been very sensitive, very romantic but not everyone has seen that."
Today there is an immense loss felt by millions across the world, but we will continue to honor the life, personality, history, and romance of Alexander McQueen.