Nature was the greatest, or at least the most enduring, influence upon McQueen. It was also the central theme of Romanticism, with the painters J.M.W. Turner and Constable, and poets Keats and Coleridge, considering nature itself as a work of art – a view shared by McQueen and propagated through much of his work. It was a relationship with the natural world which began in childhood, when Lee would spend weekends swimming and watching birds, and one that manifested itself later in life with the designer poring over the pages of National Geographic, David Attenborough’s documentaries, and a exhibiting a passion for exotic fish, which he kept in tanks in London and Paris. As it was for the Romantics, nature not only evoked feelings of the sublime; it provided a locus for the development of new ideas and concepts.
"I have always love the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that." LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
"Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feature but also its colour, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact I try to transpose the beauty of a bird to women."Lee Alexander McQueen
"women should look like women. a piece of cardboard has no sexuality."Lee Alexander McQueen
"Remember Sam Taylor-Wood’s dying fruit? Things rot… I used flowers because they die. My mood was darkly romantic at the time"Lee Alexander McQueen