It’s the second day of the return of our Unseen McQueen project, celebrating Lee McQueen's legacy and the designer’s long-running creative collaboration with Nick Knight. The pair began their collaborative relationship in 1996 and worked together continuously until McQueen’s death in February 2010, pushing creative boundaries right until the end.
In 2003, the CFDA commissioned Nick Knight to celebrate the growth and success of the Alexander McQueen label and McQueen’s CBE. A film of the designer illustrating a selection of his designs appeared on SHOWstudio at the time, titled Bellwether. The new edit features never-before-seen footage of McQueen sketching looks from his A/W 03 Scanners and S/S 03 Irere shows.
In conversation with SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard, Knight discusses filming McQueen sketching for the CFDA film. Knight talks candidly about the transformation of McQueen, his adoption of a public persona with his growing success and explains the concept behind the film; ‘the gentle and poetic idea of the drawing becoming real life,' inspired by the work of Walt Disney.
Watch the Bellwether film and the exclusive interview on-demand now. Don’t forget to look back on the rest of the series, especially yesterday’s Florence Biennale process film and interview. Stay tuned for more Unseen McQueen from Knight’s extensive archive.