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Hans Bellmer

Alexander McQueen Resort 11

The Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Resort 2011 Collection drew inspiration from Hans Bellmer’s sinister doll drawings.

Other Hans Bellmer-influenced collections : Acne Studios by Jonny Johansson Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (this show was partly based on how artists such as Hans Bellmer looked at the body), Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 1997 (this show, titled « La Poupée / The Doll », as an homage to Hans Bellmer’s 1935-1936 eponymous work, was dedicated to the German-French surrealist artist), Warren Noronha Spring/Summer 2002 (this show was inspired by Hans Bellmer’s papier-mâché doll art).

Photo : Courtesy of Alexander McQueen




Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Art


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Land of the Rising Sun

Alexander McQueen SS15

Sarah Burton’s personal collection of antique geisha kimonos from the Land of the Rising Sun inspired the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2015 Show.

To read about other Japan-influenced collections, search for the « Japan » post that I have published on September 25, 2012.

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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in Places


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Bottled water

McQ Alexander McQueen Resort 15

The « Festival » print of the McQ Alexander McQueen Resort 2015 Collection features images of crushed water bottles.

Photo : Courtesy of McQ Alexander McQueen




Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Food


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The Lord of the Rings

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The hair and the makeup of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show, respectively conceived by Guido Palau and Pat McGrath, were partly influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien’s « The Lord of the Rings ».

Another « The Lord of the Rings »-inspired collection : Clements Ribeiro Autumn/Winter 2002-2003.

Furthermore, in December 2003, « British Vogue » wrote that Liv Tyler had been dressed by the late Alexander McQueen for 3 premieres of « The Lord of the Rings » film series.

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni



Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Lee Miller

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Lee Miller is one of the references of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Spring/Summer 2014 Show.

Other Lee Miller-inspired collections : Bally by Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (the coats were based on Lee Miller’s), Bibhu Mohapatra Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (Man Ray’s images of muses such as Lee Miller influenced this collection), Bruno Pieters Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (the ’20s-styled hair of this show was an homage to Lee Miller), Carven by Guillaume Henry Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (Lee Miller was one of the muses of this collection), Gucci by Frida Giannini Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (the vintage-influenced pieces of this show took inspiration from a biography of Lee Miller), Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2012 (this surrealism-themed collection paid tribute, among other things, to Man Ray’s photograph of Lee Miller’s mouth in « Observatory Time – The Lovers »).

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni



Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Corinne Day

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The carefree youth which was portrayed in Corinne Day’s photograph of a topless Kate Moss, in an American Indian headdress (for the July 1990 cover of « The Face »), was the starting point of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Resort 2014 Collection.

Other Corinne Day-inspired collections : Altuzarra Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (this show paid homage to the ’90s grunge aesthetic immortalized by photographers such as Corinne Day), Diesel Black Gold by Sophia Kokosalaki Spring/Summer 2013 (this collection was partly influenced by the aesthetic of Corinne Day’s images for « The Face »), Gabrielle Greiss Spring/Summer 2012 (Corinne Day’s shots were among the references of this collection), Jill Stuart Resort 2013 (this collection was based on Corinne Day’s work for « The Face »), Meadham Kirchhoff Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (Corinne Day’s ’90s work was one of the inspirations of this show), Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Spring/Summer 2010 (the program of this show mentioned Corinne Day’s early ’90s photographs).

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Alexander McQueen SS13 Steampunk























The Victorian shapes of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Spring/Summer 2013 Show echo the steampunk aesthetic.

A few steampunk-influenced collections : Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2006-2007, Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2008-2009, Balmain by Oscar de la Renta Couture Autumn/Winter 2002-2003, Balmain by Christophe Decarnin Spring/Summer 2010, Dior by John Galliano Couture Spring/Summer 2009, Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2009-2010, Giles Autumn/Winter 2009-2010, Libertine Autumn/Winter 2004-2005, Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2008.

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Alexander McQueen SS12 Gaia






















Gaia, the Goddess of Earth, in ancient Greek religion, was the muse of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Spring/Summer 2012 Show.

Other Gaia-influenced collections : Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2010 (this collection was named « Planet Gaia » to reference the theme of a self-regulating planet), Vivienne Westwood Red Label Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this collection featured a « Loyalty 2 Gaia » slogan on a T-shirt).

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Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Elizabeth I

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Elizabeth I is one of the influences of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Collection.

Another Elizabeth I-inspired collection : Nabil El-Nayal (for Spring/Summer 2011, Nabil El-Nayal designed a collection for Harrods, that was partly based on Elizabeth I).

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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas’ pinups influenced the womanly silhouettes of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Other Alberto Vargas-inspired collections : Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2010 (this collection featured swimsuits influenced by Alberto Vargas’ pinups), Manning Cartell Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (« Vargas Girls » collection, based on Alberto Vargas’ paintings), Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (the pumps of this collection evoked Alberto Vargas’ pinups), Pistol Panties Spring/Summer 2008 (the retro pinup references in this swimwear collection were reminiscent of Alberto Vargas’ paintings).

Moreover, in 2008, Phi’s 1st advertising campaign referenced Alberto Vargas’ pinups.

Photo : Monica Feudi /



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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Art


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