The 2018 Rencontres d’Arles honoured French photographer Ann Ray with a selection of striking behind-the-scenes photographs of Alexander McQueen‘s life and shows. The exhibition successfully translated their precious relationship and reflected the incredible talent of Lee McQueen.
Some of these photographed are now featured in an immersive show staged at the Alexander McQueenshowroom and store on New Bond Street in London. Curated by Creative Director, Sarah Burton, the show’s conceptual framework evolves around Burton’s Red Rose dress designed for the Autumn/Winter 2019 season, and the floral finale dress Lee Alexander McQueen made for Sarabande, one of McQueen’s most iconic catwalk and collection presented in 2007.
Roses recreates Burton’s studio and features a selection of floral designs displayed on impressive mannequins, moon boards, videos, archival materials, and fitting images. The show, conceived as a full immersion into the British House’s creative process, is simply stunning.
Highlights include a hand-pleated, hand-cut, spiked flower dress in dégradé flax flower blue silk gauze organza inspired by flax flowers which bloom for one day only. The teams travelled to Ireland to observe the structure, shape and colour of the flower. The resulting dress translates the preciousness and ephemeral nature of the flower, an interesting metaphor for Lee McQueen’s life.
Roses can be found on the second floor of the store during open hours of the flagship.