Alexander Mcqueen Influences

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History is a major influence in the fashion industry and is used by many designers. Some of the most interesting and unique designs have been inspired by historical fashion. For example Vivienne Westwood designed the “Mini Crini” for her Spring-Summer 1985 collection. In 1998 Yohji Yamamoto created a wedding dress inspired by a picture of a women in a crinoline being dressed. Alexander McQueen had taken a lot of inspiration throughout his years and has featured elements of the dark ages in his designs. Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer. His past in fashion includes being chief designer of Givenchy from 1996-2001. He also won 4 British Designer of the Year awards in the years 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003. Alexander McQueen left school at the age of 16 and was offered an apprenticeship at Savile Row tailors Anderson and Shepard.…show more content…
The Byzantine Empire, sometimes known as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the Greek-speaking half of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. One of his biggest influences was Jean Fouquet. “This is one of my favourite paintings in the world. What inspires me about this is the bold colour of the red in the angels perceiving the darker side of heaven and the gray blue angels depicting the lighter side. I’ve always been inspired by 14th/15th-century art and this painting in particular.” (McQueen, As the quote above shows, Alexander McQueen focuses on the colour of the painting. This is evident throughout the collection as the designs have similar colours. He mimicked Byzantine designs by having them printed with Byzantine patterns. Alexander McQueen’s collections have always been romanticised and seen as a reflection of himself. Embroidery is recognized as one of McQueen’s signature techniques, and this is a prominent feature in the Angels and Demons

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