Yesterday, 19 March marked the end of our week-long Unseen McQueen takeover of the site in conjunction with the V&A’s Savage Beauty exhibition. Over the last seven days, we revealed a series of newly edited films from Nick Knight’s archive documenting his creative collaborations with the late Lee McQueen alongside interviews with members of the designer’s circle including stylist Katy England, choreographer Michael Clark, model, actress and athlete Aimee Mullins and Knight himself. The project is still growing however, with new interviews with McQueen’s creative team being released today, 20 and Monday, 23 March.
Trino Verkade worked with Lee McQueen from the start, first on PR and later across all areas of his business. She spoke to Lou Stoppard about her relationship with Lee from first meeting him, through assisting Katy England to her work spearheading the late designer's foundation, Sarabande, which provides essential financial support to young creatives.
British set designer Simon Costin discussed collaborating with Lee McQueen on some of his earliest shows, including the S/S 98 Untitled, originally called The Golden Shower before being changed due to objections from the show's sponsor, American Express. ‘In retrospect it's very easy to say, 'wasn't that unusual?’ or 'wasn't that groundbreaking?’ But at the time you're just doing it. It's only in retrospect that you have that luxury,’ he said, on being part of the iconic moments.
Finally, journalist Michelle Olley shared her memories of appearing as the finale tableau in the celebrated Alexander McQueen S/S 01 Voss show. She was arranged naked and covered in moths inside a glass box in an image that paid tribute to Joel-Peter Witkin's Sanitarium photograph. 'When the glass dropped there was kind of this silence, and then there was this cheer!' she recounted.
Watch the fascinating conversations now, and explore the rest of our Unseen McQueen project.