The Inspiring Embroidery of Alexander McQueen

Growing up, I had never been one for fashion. I was either the punky chick, the goth-y chick, or the weird girl who drew her own t-shirts and bleached designs into her jeans. I paid very little to conventional fashion because I thought it had nothing to do with me.
Through school and now through Urban Threads, I have become more and more fascinated with design of all types. Truth be told, I always loved designing clothes and costumes, but I never really paid attention to fashion.

Sadly, it was the news of the death of a talented designer that first drew me into his work, and ever since I found Alexander McQueen, I have been head over heels smitten. His work made me look at runway design as an art, like wearable canvases, and has inspired a new love of fashion.

Being in the industry that I am, I cannot ignore the absolutely stunning use of embroidery he incorporated into so many of his designs. It is lush, modern, decadent and antique all at once. His use of embroidery on his work  has inspired me to think beyond what one usually adds embroidery to, and how. (It has in fact, somewhat inspired an upcoming project of mine…)

These are just a few of the amazing examples of the embroidery of Alexander McQueen. I hope you’re blown away as I am.

I’m only sad I found his work after his heartbreaking suicide, but the designs he produced in fashion is enough for a lifetime of inspiration. If you want to see more of his work, the Met currently has an amazing collection of his work called Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

If you’re like me and not lucky enough to likley see it in person, the website still has a beautiful online collection I highly recommend you look through.

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7 Responses to “The Inspiring Embroidery of Alexander McQueen”

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    Cindy McCarty says:

    I think you would be surprised how much closer to fashion that you are. Fashion designers, such as myself, like the edgy stuff and don’t necessarily wear items from the line that they work on. The dark things of goth may not ring a bell with me but I totally get not identifying with frumpy design. If you get to NYC, you should check out the current fashion exhibits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Of course, sometimes the exhibits are more exciting than others but you would be thrilled with many of them.

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    Pam Sherman says:

    What wondrous designs! OK that was lame. But,there really are no words. I did hand work for about 20 years and have had many designers (commercial and lay people) inspire me. Why didn’t I know about this man? I’m at home by myself this week. Guess where I’m going?

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    mary alice clark says:

    I have loved his work Some of my favorite designs.And Kingdom is my all time favorite sent. i am so sorry he is dead. He will be missed Wonder if he knew how important he was and is.

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    urban shirts says:

    I like the design and fabric of outfits .footwear is also very nice its great.

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