Stumbled on a documentary about Alexander McQueen, the British fashion designer. His life story is more interesting than I realized, and I am ceaselessly blown away by his designs.
"When I'm dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen." -- Alexander McQueen
This wasn't hubris on his part. It was pure talent, unbridled creativity, and a (short) lifetime of hard work. Did you know that he learned tailoring at a conventional men's shop in London? Fascinating. Hard for me to imagine him sewing lapels on blue pin-striped suits for bankers. But he talks about having to know how to construct properly before being able to de-construct. I agree with him on this, and find that in America, artists often try to skip the 'learning' phase, and jump right into the creating.
McQueen's work is controversial, yes. Whether you like it or not, I don't think his creativity can be questioned. And seeing his designs in the movie, I was once again inspired by his work.
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