On Sunday evening, I was lucky enough to get tickets to go to the V & A museum to see a showing of the DVD McQueen. I’ve been a member of the V & A for three years & they have been sending me member’s events every month in all that time. This is the first time I have been free to attend.
The film was amazing, giving an insight in to the crazy world, which was Lee Alexander McQueen. There was footage shot by friends & himself showing behind the scenes happenings. This footage is shown between interviews with his family, friends &
colleagues. We saw Isabella Blow, who wore his designs & promoted him all over the place, people who worked with him & the lady & gentleman who taught him at the Central St, Martins College & on Saville Row to name just a few.
It gave a brilliant insight in to the man & his work right from the beginning to his death. There is a piece where he describes working with the house of Givenchy, when he was first appointed their designer. I would have loved to have seen the faces of the workers, as he cut off the legs of a pair of trousers to make shorts. They didn’t know what had hit them. The other favourite moment was when his friend was talking about the fashion show when he had robots who painted a dress as the finale to the show. The robot idea had been mentioned before & the people surrounding McQueen thought he had forgotten about the idea & then he brought it up again. They just couldn’t figure out how it was going to work but they went ahead with it & the result was fantastic. Of course the film ended with his death & his family spoke of their reaction to his suicide on the eve of his mother’s funeral.
Having seen the film, there was a question & answer session with the director of the film, a friend of his who shot some film whilst they were at college together & Alexander McQueen’s nephew Gary, who was also featured in the film. They spoke about some of the fun times they had spent with the designer. It was a fascinating insight in to the life of this rebellious wonderful man.