What’s good at the movies this month? Going by the official trailer of McQueen, the thrilling new documentary looking at the extraordinary life and career of Alexander McQueen, is definitely on our list.
Directed by Ian Bonhôte and written by Peter Ettedgui, the film paints an honest portrait of the legendary fashion designer through exclusive interviews with his closest friends, collaborators, and family, as well as footage of his most boundary-breaking fashions shows, captivating visuals and archive audio.
Image courtesy: McQueen
It covers the breadth of McQueen’s career, from graduating Central Saint Martins in 1992 to heading up the French fashion house Givenchy in 1997, before culminating with his eponymous label that pushed boundaries and thrilled, such as the remarkable 13th show, S/S99 when the British designer sent Shalom Harlow out onto the catwalk in a strapless white dress, before being rotated slowly on a revolving circle as she was sprayed with paint by two robotic guns.
It’s said that McQueen moved many to tears with his extraordinary London shows. A fearless visionary, he was never content with the fashion status quo, instead he was daring, extreme and provocative. He was known for his dark, menacing beauty, his catwalk spectaculars and exquisite tailoring. He was a creative visionary, as well as a man who meticulously honed his craft, having trained and perfected the art of tailoring on Savile Row. With every collection, he sprinkled dark magic with his showmanship.
The film also explores McQueen’s final years as a designer before his suicide in 2010, chronicling his “tortured but inspired” life.
Watch the teaser trailer below:
McQueen will be screening in the Picturehouse Central in London from June 8th.