Having a great interest in aesthetics and art, Alexander McQueen often played with art historical references as part of his work. For his SS show La Poupée in 1997, McQueen took inspiration from the works of the German artist Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), who is well known for his surrealistic and life-sized sculptors of female bodies. Bellmer’s sculptors (or dolls) were put together by different body parts, making the form of the body abstract and the function restricted.
La poupée, ca. 1938
La poupée, 1935
The same ideas of the body were unfolded in the clothes of McQueen’s show: Investigating fashion as having a restricting effect on the body, whether in form of high heels, long nails or spikey headwear.
While Bellmer was showing a unity of form in his sculptors, McQueen’s collection isolated the different units of the body with a wide range of different accessories attached to them, having the units stand out and making the body function in new ways.
If you want more of Alexander McQueen, we still have tickets left for the extra screening of the documentary “McQueen”. It is the following Tuesday, September 25 at 19.30 at Empire Bio.
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