What I'm Watching | McQueen
Alexander McQueen. The man. The myth. The legend. A true icon, and someone who I have found inspiring for years. So, naturally, I was beyond thrilled when I discovered that there is a new documentary about him. If you don't know who he is, you must live under a rock. You probably have seen items he has designed, whether in person, magazines or TV, and may not even have known. All the incredibly crazy shoes Lady Gaga wore at the beginning of her career or the quintessential skull scarf every Hollywood It girl has in her accessory arsenal.. All from the extremely talented mind of Lee Alexander McQueen.
I remember the first time I saw his work styled in the glossy pages of Vogue in high school. I was absolutely amazed and stunned that one person could have that much creativity. He made the raw and dark beautiful, he saw something that not many others did, and shone a bright light on it. He saw something more. And that more has always fascinated me. Everything has levels of depth, even the not so pretty aspects of life we try to brush under the rug.
He is the reason I started loving anything skull and skeleton related in high school, and that love evolved over time. The strong tone while also being feminine, that is completely McQueen, to me. And as I watched, I fell even more in love with creative mind as a designer and marveled during each minute. I was completely amazed at the journey that he had and each runway show that was shown gave me chills. Because there is nothing else like them. He crossed boundaries that no one else thought to, and make something like a two way mirror and a padded room be completely brilliant. Incorporating robots with paint and a white tulle dress for the finale? No one else. No one else saw the fashion industry in the same way that he did, and it gives you an entirely different outlook on life itself. It reminds you that there is a different perspective to everything.
I have watched numerous documentaries based in the fashion industry, and none compare to this one. It gives you an excellent background about his upbringing without it being too focused on that, then going right into how he got started and his path to success. It is incredibly honest and doesn't sugar coat anything, which I appreciate. Watching documentaries about those in the field you love so much.. Well, it just makes you feel inspired and want to just go out and do something. Because it seems possible and attainable.
Thanks for reading!!