Clothing as protection, as armour for heroines, and folk traditions as bonds for community—Alexander McQueen‘s latest collection, inspired deeply by Wales, continued Sara Burton‘s journey exploring Alexander McQueen’s anglo-saxon roots. Quilted dresses and suits were inspired by allegorical tailor’s quilts which spoke of the materials of the time as well as its social history. The references to blankets and shawls, the process of making which were symbols of togetherness and caring, evoked protection and safety. Ivory guipure lace in love spoon motif on sleek leather, juxtaposed the endearing symbolism of this traditional token and the warrior spirit of Burton’s power tailoring. And red, thought in Welsh folklore to possess magical healing and protective powers, was a pervading motif, cut through with black and feminine pink. In the Alexander McQueen tribe, the women are strong, and they are strong together.
See all the highlights from Alexander McQueen Fall/ Winter 2020 below: