The new Alexander MacQueen collection draws inspiration from the Victorian Era. Forgotten treasures, mother-of pearl sequins, coral, seashells and jewels found scattered across the wild English shoreline are also inspiration behind this clothing line by Creative Director, Sarah Burton.
A turn-of-the-Twentieth Century silhouette is executed with a collector’s eye and obsession for rare detail and fine craftsmanship: Victorian puffed sleeves are deconstructed with seams and canvases exposed, tailoring, high necklines and corseted waists appear throughout. Plongé leather coats, jackets and draped, ruffled dresses are edged with graphic broderie anglaise embroidery. Signature tailoring, cut in wool silk and at times traced with scalloped lace, has a neat, square or deconstructed draped shoulder with split sleeve details and is worn with silk tulle peplum blouses and kickback tuxedo trousers. Lace gowns with scalloped necklines are waisted with leather corset belts. Evening dresses are hand-embroidered with blossom, birds and landscapes evocative of far away lands. Venus goddess corsets and more evening dresses in undulating hand-cut oyster ruffles or washed organza echo the forms of seashells: scenes of shipwreck; treasure washed ashore.
With this collection, Creative Director, Burton continues her focus on handcraft, artisanal and technical expertise. – GM
Courtesy of Alexander McQueen