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“Jellyfish” Ensemble Plato’s Atlantis
Spring/summer 2010
Dress, leggings, and “Armadillo” boots embroidered with iridescent enamel paillettes
“[This collection predicted a future in which] the ice cap would melt . . . the waters would rise and . . . life on earth would have to evolve in order to live beneath the sea once more or perish. Humanity [would] go back to the place from whence it came.”
- Alexander Mcqueen
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Jacket, It’s a Jungle Out There
Autumn/winter 1997–98
Silk and cotton twill printed with an image from The Thief to the Left of Christ by Robert Campin, ca. 1430
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Dress Plato’s Atlantis
Spring/summer 2010
Silk jacquard in a snake pattern embroidered with yellow enamel paillettes in a honeycomb pattern
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Ensemble, VOSS
Spring/summer 2001

Overdress of panels from a nineteenth-century Japanese silk screen; underdress of oyster shells; neckpiece of silver and Tahiti pearls Neckpiece by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen courtesy of Perles de Tahiti Dress courtesy of Alexander McQueen

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“Spine” Corset
Spring/summer 1998
Aluminum and black leather
“I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to look at things.”
- Alexander Mcqueen
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Dress, Highland Rape
Autumn/winter 1995–96
Green and bronze cotton/synthetic lace
“[This collection] was a shout against English designers . . . doing flamboyant Scottish clothes. My father’s family originates from the Isle of Skye, and I’d studied the history of the Scottish upheavals and the Clearances. People were so unintelligent they thought this was about women being raped—yet Highland Rape was about England’s rape of Scotland.”
- Alexander Mcqueen