image 1 (www.alexandermcqueen.com 2010)
“ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’S AUTUMN COLLECTION IS INSPIRED BY BYZANTINE ART, THE CARVINGS OF GRINLING GIBBONS, AND OLD MASTER PAINTINGS AND ALTAR PIECES INCLUDING, IN PARTICULAR, WORKS BY JEAN FOUQUET, SANDRO BOTTICELLI, STEPHAN LOCHNER, HANS MEMLING, HANS MEMLING, JEAN HEY AND HEIRONYMUS BOSCH.” (www.alexandermcqueen.com 2010)
Byzantine art and other historic painters have been a big influence on McQueen’s work, “byzantine artists were famous for their delicate embroidery and ivory carvings. They also created huge, glittering mosaics and painted dramatic religious portraits, called icons.” (Usborne, 2000, p.203), the links are very strong with the use of decretive beading which is similar to the mosaics in byzantine art, the uses of the gold’s make you think of wealth, The reds are also associated with wealth and the upper class and link in with the god and painting done in the 15th century.
I think that McQueen’s collection is a very powerful one which gives you the feel of wealth, upper class and even a sense of power. The looks are very powerful and strong.
Looking into some byzantine and 15th century work McQueen’s collection is more fitted instead of having lots of big drapes and robes, but his collection do have capes which would mean more fabrics have been used which is then linked in with the wealth and power. The styling and cutting has clearly been modernised and this is shown on the shaping of the neck lines.
I don’t think that the meaning has changed a lot. I think that the McQueen’s collection symbolises wealth, luxuries and power. You can clearly see this to with the colours that have been used, the delicate detailing of the beading and embroidery.
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The Usborne,(2000) Encyclopaedia of world history, London