It seems fitting that a collaboration between Alexander McQueen and one of the more prominent members of the Young British Artists movement – Damien Hirst – should come out within a week of an Isabella Blow retrospective.
Blow of course, famously discovered and befriended the designer in his early days, purchasing his entire graduate collection; an exhibition of her life and wardrobe opens at Somerset House tomorrow.
The collection meanwhile, sees the fashion label’s iconic scarf reinterpreted via Hirst’s Entomology series of butterflies, bugs, spiders and other insects. The 30 one-off designs take the images and put them through a kaleidoscope; the end result is a geometric version of the houses’ signature skull motif.
The skull scarf made it’s debut 10 years ago, as part of McQueen’s SS03 ‘Irere’ collection.
Models of the moment Maggie Rizer, Frankie Rayder and Anouck Lepere all walked, while writing for Style.com, Sarah Mower said at the time “McQueen unfolded a sartorial narrative that began with pirates and drowned maidens and ended in the rainforest.”
A video of the show can still be found, here.
For the new line however, photographer Sølve Sundsbø was brought on board to capture the spirit of the venture. Check out the short film below for the final result.
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