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14 Things The World Wouldn't Have Had Without Alexander McQueen

'Give me time and I'll give you a revolution.'

09/02/2017 14:55

It has already been seven years since the world of fashion lost the inimitable Alexander McQueen.

Renowned for his fearless catwalks, groundbreaking design, and all-round nice guy attitude, we look back at 14 things the world would be missing if we’d never had McQueen.

  • 1. That Skull Print
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    Kate Moss wore McQueen's iconic skull print at a fashion charity auction in June 2004. The print that went on to generate a thousand knock-off versions.
  • 2. The First Disabled Magazine Cover
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    Paralympic Athlete Aimee Mullins appeared on the cover of Dazed’s September 1998 Fashion Able issue, photographed by Nick Knight and styled by Alexander McQueen.
  • 3. Builder's Bums On The Catwalk
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    McQueen put a lot of builder's bums in his Highland Rape collection, AW'95/96, spawning years of low slung jeans and muffin tops.
  • 4. Tartan At Buckingham Palace
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    McQueen collected his CBE in October 2003 honouring his Scottish ancestors. 
  • 5. Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress
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    Although technically, the Duchess of Cambridge had her dress designed by Sarah Burton, Burton was McQueen's protégé and personal assistant for years before his death. And took over as the creative director of McQueen's luxury fashion house when he died the year before the Royal wedding.
  • 6. Those Shoes
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    Made famous by Lady Gaga at the VMAs in 2010, these Alexander McQueen armadillo boots were instantly iconic.
  • 7. Taxidermy On The Catwalk
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    A full head-dress of stuffed birds was sent down the runway in McQueen's Spring 2001 collection. Creepy.
  • 8. Butterflies, Lots Of Butterflies
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    If we thought birds were big news, in spring 2008, butterflies swarmed McQueen's show at Palais Omnisport in Paris. 
  • 9. This Liv Tyler Outfit
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    Liv Tyler wore this all-red McQueen ensemble to the world premiere for 'Lord Of The Rings' at the Odeon in Leicester Square in December 2001.
  • 10. Innovative Technology Meeting Fashion
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    For McQueen's AW' 2003/2004 collection in Paris he had a scan of his brain photocopied on to all of the invitations. 
  • 11. A New Type Of Model
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    Even when McQueen was a relatively new graduate, he was fearless in his runway decisions. Not least in the Spring of 2001 when he put a naked Michelle Olley in a glass box.
  • 12. That Make Up Look
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    Never known for shying away from shocking images, in 2009, McQueen showed his most iconic beauty look ever. That lipstick though.
  • 13. Dogs on The Catwalk
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    McQueen's adoration for his furry companions was well documented, and when he died he left Fashion designer Alexander McQueen left £50,000 of his £16 million fortune to his pets. 
  • 14. This Look
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    Enough said. 
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