SPACE BLOG – CARLA MCPHERSON
THE QUEEN OF FASHION
I have been staring at this blank screen for about a good 20 minutes now, trying to come up with a ‘clever’ concept that will entertain all who read it. But then I got thinking , what do you class as clever Carla? Is it something with big elaborate words, or a good structure, OR is it something that your truly passionate about and comes from the heart. Yes, that’s what clever is I thought. So here we go- with my version of ‘clever’..
After we left on Friday, one question really stuck in my mind. “Why do men make for better designers?” Answers popped into my head like: ‘They have an image in their heads of the way they want woman to look’, or ‘They can connect to woman in a different way than a woman could to a woman, because they can have an outsiders perspective’. This may be the case for some male designers but definitely not for Alexander McQueen. I began to research into him and found this quote which just speaks volumes why his designs always have a fabulous, strong and shocking end result.
“I want to empower woman, I want people to be scared of the woman I dress.”
He had an aim, he wanted to stop the stereotypical perception that woman are weak and are only good at cooking and cleaning (which is obviously not the case). This quote made me so genuinely happy inside , made me want to invent a time machine which I could use to time travel back before his death so I could go meet him and say thank you!
As you can tell by his designs , this was definitely his main objective. Every single one of his collections all have an under toning theme of power.
His collections are truly fantastic, but the ones that really stick out for me are Highland Rape and Savage Beauty.
The Savage Beauty collection was all about excentuating woman’s curves, by being very sculptural. However, the runway was really what made me adore it so much.
Of course being Alexander McQueen, he didn’t just do a runway, he done a game. A game of chess. Each dress was designed to look like a chess piece. I thought this was so inventive and so aesthetically stunning. It reminded me of Montague and Capulet in a sense. 2 sets of pieces going against each other, playing on the same board. Each look the same yet different, and both have something about them which differentiates one side from the other. I suppose this made me love it even more because it reminded me of something so close to my heart.
One of my favourite dresses from the collection was the one pictured below
It gives the effect of a deflated body. For me this represents the whole idea of having to be the perfect model. You have to be stick thin and 5′ 11″. This pressure for models can sometimes get too much. Not everyone can be like this. It also sends out the wrong message to woman that look at them in fashion shows and magazines ect. To me it’s just like a big protest to say, love your body! I don’t know if this is what Alexander intended, but that’s another reason why I connect with him so much, because everyone can interpret them in a completely different way.
He is famous for always having a shock factor to his collections and Highland Rape is no exception. This collection was what earned him the title of the ‘hooligan of the fashion industry’! It was outrageous, but in the most amazing way. When I watched a video of the show for this collection, it almost made me feel uncomfortable because of how fearless he was to portray the reality of rape. He explained it as it wasn’t really rape itself he was trying to get across , it was the rape of a culture- our culture. I just loved this concept. So shocking in its exterior, but with such an amazing hidden message!
McQueen said that if you give hike time, he’ll give you a revolution and I think he done that and so much more. He has revolutionised fashion for the 21st century and beyond.
It really upsets me that he is no longer here, but his designs will forever be there for everyone to be shocked at, but deep down fall in love with!
Would love to hear and discuss how everyone else interprets his designs.