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When you love something that you consider sacred and beautiful, it’s sometimes difficult…baffling, almost… to believe that other people don’t actually have a clue as to what you’re babbling about when you blather on and on about this wondrous thing you adore. That sounds terribly presumptuous, doesn’t it? That our obsessions and fascinations shine so brightly that they must certainly be illuminated for everyone, that no one could possibly be lurking in the shadows, insensible of its radiant existence?
And so, when I read that a brand-new Alexander McQueen documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival with an aim to preserve and honor the work of the legendary designer, and introduce his vision to a new audience, my first thought was “…introduce him to a new audience? How can EVERYONE ON EARTH not already know who he is?” My second thought, once I firmly got a hold of myself, was to recall when I myself first discovered Alexander McQueen in 2008–only 10 short years ago–and how the whole world seemed to fall away for me at that precise moment: it was just me, and that exquisite dress cotton dress, and a feverishly urgent need to learn everything I could about the artist responsible for putting such beauty into the world. Oh, to make such a discovery again, for the first time! In truth, I desperately envy those to whom this film is a gateway to Lee Alexander McQueen and his romantic, tragic genius.
Directed and produced by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, McQueen chronicles the British designer’s beginnings at Central Saint Martins to the start of his eponymous label and its groundbreaking seasonal shows. The film is slated for wide release in July 2018.
“Showing in the Picturehouse Central in London from June 8th, the film, directed by Ian Bonhôte and written by Peter Ettedgui, paints an authentic portrait of the legendary designer through exclusive interviews with his closest friends, collaborators, and family, footage of his most boundary-breaking fashions shows as well as arresting visuals and archive audio.
The 111-minute film spans the breadth of McQueen’s prolific career, from his fashion beginnings after graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1992 and his appointment at Givenchy in 1997 to the pinnacle of his oeuvre, such as his spring/summer 1999 show, when Shalom Harlow stepped out onto the catwalk in a strapless white dress, before being rotated slowly on a revolving circle as she was sprayed with paint by two robotic guns. The film also explores McQueen’s final years as a designer before his suicide in 2010.”
Featured image via Tribeca Film Festival