Tuesday, 8 March 2011

McQueen and I

Image: National Portrait Gallery

To coincide with the anniversary of the death of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Channel 4 recently broadcast a documentary, entitled McQueen and I, charting the rise of the designer, depicting, essentially, his relationship with the late journalist and fashionista Isabella Blow, who is credited with discovering the British designer.

The hour long documentary was highly informative, giving us a glimpse of ‘Lee’ behind the scenes working as the creative director of fashion house Givenchy, hanging out with Ms. Blow and enjoying time with his mother. It was a candid hour of laughter and depression, as well as a bit of exploitation as friends and ex-lovers gave their accounts of Blow and McQueen’s lives and deaths.

Following on from the documentary, having learnt a bit more about one of fashion’s most notorious ladies, I headed down to the National Portrait Gallery to see Isabella Blow by artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster.

Noble and Webster (insert bookshop joke here) create optical illusions using mainly piles of rubbish collected from the street. When light is projected onto their installations, entirely different images appear on the wall. In the case of Blow’s mounted head, stuffed animals (ravens and rats), crystals, lipstick and Manolos were used to create the shadow. The result is incredible yet intentionally creepy!

It’s worth a look if you happen to be in the capital.


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