Incredible Fall 2000 Givenchy by Alexander McQueen Haute Couture Runway Pinstripe Three Piece Suit
This very rare runway documented Givenchy Haute Couture suit is from the Fall 2000 collection and is the twin of the one that walked the runway. This is from the small period of time that Alexander McQueen was the Creative Director for the house. He succeeded John Galliano as head designer in 1996 at the age of 27. McQueen subsequently left the label in 2001 when his contract ended citing his creativity was constrained. His appointment there had been tumultuous from the start. Hubert de Givenchy had describe his appointment it as a "total disaster” and McQueen had shot back that the founder was “irrelevant”. Of course now in hindsight we see these collections for the genius that they were. They still had that rebellious spark running through them that McQueen is known for and these are now a cherished part of his history. They also showcased his ability to navigate the world of Haute Couture. He has said in interviews that he did walk away from the label with far greater knowledge about the techniques of couture and the process of couture, which of course benefited how own label greatly.
On the runway this suit was shown with a silk top underneath with a flounced collar. This one came comes with its matching vest making it a proper three piece suit for a strong plays on menswear. There is much talk about the rebellion of McQueen and I feel like with the dramatic sculpted hairstyle that he styled the suit with and sending a model down the runway with a lit cigarette shows that spirit. When was known for his remarkable tailoring and this suit is no exception. It's made from a classic pinstriped men's wool suiting in a black. The pinstripes are created by running a gold toned thread vertically through the fabric. The fabric has a slight texture to it which adds to the beauty of the suit. The jacket is an incredible feat of construction. This is where McQueen's genius shines and having the couture atelier at his disposal just makes it stronger. Sleeves are cut long with four functional buttons at each cuff. The buttons are black enamel with gold edging. The shoulders are shaped with internal padding. The front lapel is done in a muted gold silk satin. It comes down the front in a tuxedo reminiscent shape and I love that the inner edge of the jacket is lined in that same gold silk. So if you open the jacket you get that flash of colour all the way to the bottom. The jacket is shaped with an incredibly masterful hand. The shape is a result of multiple tiny precise seams that run from just under the bust to the hem all the way around the jacket. They are done so precisely that at first glance you might mistake them for the pinstriping, but upon closer inspection you see that each is a tiny little perfect vertical seam. Each is tailored to perfection to bring the waist in and give the jacket shape. There is light inner padding and shaping underneath around the hip. A flap pocket sit on each hip and it closes with two matching gold and black buttons at the front. The vest underneath is made from the same gold as the lapel of the jacket and it is an almost straight replica of a classic men's vest. It buttons at the front with silk covered buttons in a matching gold. The pants are fabulous and are very unusual. They have a flat front with no band around the waist and are cut to sit slightly low on the hip. A classic McQueen signature. There is a sharp fold running down the front and back of the pants. The lower half of the pant leg is split to the knee up the back and then that split is edged with panels of the same gold silk of the collar and vest. This gives a slight flare and is an incredible detail. The upper part of the jacket has a slightly oversized fit and you can see on the runway shots that this is intentional. This is a remarkable example of his skills as a tailor and his time at Givenchy. Excellent condition with one small note below
All three pieces are hand lined. The jacket and pants in a fine black silk and the vest in a matching gold coloured silk. The jacket and vest button at the front to close and the pants zip to close. All the work is entirely done by hand to haute couture standards. I see some small faint marks on the lapel and front of the vest. This may come out with additional cleaning. It has been cleaned but not aggressively. It otherwise looks to have been worn very little if at all. Please see the two photos after the label shot. The pockets in the jacket are still tax shot. It is remarkable. The proper Haute Couture labels and handwritten tape are present.
Bust: to 22.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 26.5" from neck to head
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 43" waist to hem
Inseam: 33.5" from inner seam to hem
Rise: 13.5" from back waist to inner seam
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos/Video: Fall 2000 Givenchy Couture.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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