We’re halfway through Unseen McQueen, our week-long project exploring and celebrating the creative collaborations of Nick Knight and Alexander ‘Lee’ McQueen. Each day from the 13 to 19 March, we’re releasing never-before-seen footage, dug up from Knight’s archives to time with the V&A’s Savage Beauty exhibition. While you wait for tomorrow’s content to be revealed, explore SHOWstudio’s back catalogue of projects with and about the late designer.
Interviewed in 2003, as part of our In Camera series, McQueen answered questions posed by global viewers, celebrities and friends in an often candid and sometimes outrageous one-on-one interview. His irreverence shines through as he responds to questions about Central Saint Martins; ‘a lot about hype and not much substance,’ whether fashion matters; ‘of course, does sex?,’ and when clothes will be computerised; ‘as soon as I figure out how to use a computer.’ McQueen was also the first person to be interviewed as part of our still ongoing In Fashion series.
A master of showmanship, McQueen filmed many of his spectacular catwalk presentations. You can watch highlights from shows such as S/S 99’s No 13 featuring a revolving Shalom Harlow sprayed in black and yellow paint by robots, the snow filled A/W 99 The Overlook and A/W 01’s eerie What A Merry Go Round in our Bellwether project. For the model’s perspective, watch Kate Moss talk about appearing as a hologram in the Alexander McQueen A/W 06 show, Karen Elson on her performative roles in S/S 01’s Voss and S/S 04’s Deliverance, and Erin O’Connor, again discussing walking in McQueen’s Voss ‘asylum’ in our rolling Subjective model interview series.
You can also watch the full length Spring/Summer 2010, Plato's Atlanis, McQueen's final collection before his death. The show was famously live streamed from Paris by SHOWstudio, see it here alongside another interview with the designer, the fashion film by Ruth Hogben that opened the show, and Nick Knight’s campaign imagery featuring Raquel Zimmerman.
Examine and recreate McQueen’s design genius with a downloadable pattern from his A/W 03 collection, donated as part of our Design Download series. A collision of Western Victoriana and Eastern traditional dress, the kimono-inspired jacket, like so much of McQueen’s work, references historical detailing whilst remaining quintessentially modern.
Finally, revisit Nick Knight's filmic tribute to the late designer, To Lee, With Love, Nick made in 2010. In Knight's own words; 'This film is my way of speaking about a very unique and important person who changed my life. My desire was to speak in some way about the dark and the light contained within Lee, and within us all.'