Lady GaGa wearing McQueen shoes from his Spring 2010 Collection
Alexander McQueen's death is so momentous that I feel as if I'll probably blog about it for days, even though Fashion Week is upon us. This morning I saw him referred to on Popeater as an "eccentric' designer. This is the comment I left.
To label Alexander McQueen as "eccentric" does not do justice to his genius as a fashion designer. Most are simply stylists "early adopters" of whatever trend is the next big thing. With McQueen (along with fellow Brits, Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano) it is different. His creativity stretched far beyond the realm of what is hip today and gone tomorrow. Just as he had in Isabella Blow and Bjork years before, in Lady Gaga, he found a muse and partner, someone brave enough to use her own body to display his artistic fantasies. Not only that, with his Savile Row training the man could cut and drape as well as any fashion designer on the planet.