Alexander McQueen was one of the most influential British designers of our time. He has been credit for his extravagance and shock tatics to the catwalk. In his work he combined sexuality and power, creating controversial collections. Many times his collections could be seen as a scandal in the fashion world, like people would say his clothes were aggressive and disturbing.
On the other hand he was approved by many fashion designers and editors saying that:
“ at one level, he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius”. (Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman)
“He leaves the fashion word, with an unfillable void.” (Dolce & Gabbana)
“Alexander McQueen was best known for his astonishing and extravagant runway presentations, which were given dramatic scenarios and narrative structures that suggested avant-garde installation and performance art. His fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination.” (Andrew Bolton, curator at the Costume Institute)
As it shows McQueen left a strong and markable signature on fashion industry breaking all the rules and proving that fashion can be expressed in different ways combining drama, power and sexuality.
Autumn/Winter 2010/2011 by Alexander McQueen
I think Alexander was one of the designers that really believed in women as a powerful human being and it was clear to see that translation on his clothes. He wanted women to be respected, admired and intimidated by men. The fact that women can have power for dressing herself became as a weapon in their hands.
In this interview above McQueen said his work can sometimes be agressive and violent, because that is how he sees the world, a bit violent. Unfortunately this is how many women still see themselves as fragile human that lives in a violent world.