S/S 2002 Dance of the Twisted Bull McQueen Gown
The McQueen site says of this collection: Body-skimming jersey cutaway to mimic harnessing is paired with sharp, low-slung tailoring, crisp white shirts are layered with laced corsetry in traditional Savile Row fabrics. Jewel encrusted epaulettes, polka dots, ruffled, tiered skirts and more crafted out of what look like Spanish fans are all executed with the complexity of pattern and attention to detail the designer is known for.", and Style.com's review said: "The Dance of the Twisted Bull" was the title of Alexander McQueen's highly anticipated collection, his first since partnering with Gucci Group and deciding to show in Paris. McQueen pulled off a bravura, Latin-themed romp. One particularly theatrical dress came equipped with banderillas—the long spears with which bullfighters pique bulls—that seemed to impale the wearer in order to support a long ruffled train in the back. Another, a severely deconstructed blood-red señorita dress, had part of a jacket attached at the waist, while a matador-inspired strapless gown featured a built-in sword. An assortment of polka-dotted frocks were layered over matching stockings, and cinched with corsetlike straps and holster-inspired tops. Alongside these dramatic statements came plenty of carefully tailored, eminently wearable clothes, deftly proving McQueen's ability to mix iconoclastic statements with commercially viable product. Razored jackets were softened via seashell-like pleated skirts with gently upturned fronts; flared-sleeve eyelet shirts, layered skirts, and embroidered white jeans all looked confident, as did the cut-out dresses and sharp-as-a-tack toreador suits." The full show is shown below.
The dress is exquisite and extremely rare. Only 20 of these with this rose print were produced worldwide making this highly collectible and even more so since it dates to when Alexander McQueen himself headed the atelier. Digitally produced roses flow across the fabric and get denser as they near the hem. The dress is constructed with two layers of the fabric atop each other so that you get this fantastic sense of depth with the screened design showing through the layers of silk! Each sleeve flows down the arm and then explodes in layers of ruffled silk chiffon. The skirt has that same deconstructed treatment and is layer upon layer of silk. It skims over the hips and then cascades into different lengths that float around you as you move. You can instantly see the Spanish influence that Alexander McQueen strove for in this piece. It is a masterpiece. Excellent, museum quality condition.
Fully lined in a second layer of the same printed silk chiffon with more layers in the skirt. It closes with a hidden side zipper and the halter ties as shown or you may tie it as shown on the runways. Hand finishes. Purposely deconstructed edges. There is one bit of a hint of a mark near the front waist that does not detract when worn because of how the pattern falls. Note that the base fabric is a pure white with no yellow undertones - that is the lighting only.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" max flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 57" from top of shoulder to longest points of the asymmetrical hem but it is cut on the bias so will come up some when on the body as bias cut dresses do
Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-MED
Reference runway photos from style.com / Third reference photo from the ediorial "Dark Angel" Vogue UK, March 2015 by Tim Walker. Stylist: Kate Phelan. / Last three photos: Amanda Lee Shirreffs. Click here to see her original blog post on this look >
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival