From late-Victorian mourning wear, to 20th century vampires and even Harry Potter, the extensive aesthetic and sartorial cannon of the Gothic proved to be an enduring source of inspiration for Alexander McQueen. Going hand in hand with his respect for history, the Gothic depicted the past as a time of superstition, repression and mystery, and provided McQueen with a distinct conceptual language and aesthetic in which to explore how the concerns of love, death and the supernatural played out at different points of history. The runway presentation of Voss (Spring/Summer 2001), offered one of McQueen’s most unnerving interpretations of the Gothic within a contemporary context – a recreation of a psychiatric hospital in a London warehouse, complete with padded cells and surveillance mirrors – Voss’ catwalk was inspired by Death Row.
"people find my things sometimes aggressive. but i don’t see it as aggressive. i see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality." LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
“I oscillate between life and death, happines and sadness, good and evil”Lee Alexander McQueen
"It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle – everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things."Lee Alexander McQueen
"I’m about what goes through people’s minds, the stuff that people don’t want to admit or face up to. The shows are about what’s buried in people’s psyches" LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
“this collection was inspired by tim burton. it started off dark and then got more romantic as it went along”Lee Alexander McQueen