alexander mcqueen

Iconic Spring 2009 Alexander McQueen Look 27 Grey Print Structured and Tailored Jacket

The twin of this walked the runway for Look 27 as part of an entire outfit made out of this same fabulous print. The program notes told the audience of the Spring 2009 runway show that Mcqueen had been thinking of Charles Darwin's theory of the survival of the fittest and 'the deleterious results of industrialization on the natural world'.The show was title 'Natural Dis-tinctions, Un-Natural Selection' and the McQueen book notes that 'the cat walk was filled with antique taxidermy, including an elephant giraffe tagger zebra and polar bear, in an art space that was formally of Paris morgue.' The twin of the dress was a part of the second portion of the show that was meant to 'continue to draw inspiration from natural forms, flowers, crystals and minerals, but here they were engineer with a hard as an enhanced to convey the synthetic qualities associated with modernity and human touch. Prints were angular and invoked crushed crystal, metallic structures such as the Eiffel tower and a granite mountain that was borrowed from a Dan Holdsworth triptych.' This collection was noted as being one of his most commercial to date during this time period and these print pieces were spectacular.

This is a very recognizable Alexander McQueen piece that you know is by him at a glance. The fabric is almost like a neoprene in the way it looks and feels and yet it is not a true neoprene. It is lighter and thinner with just enough weight to it to hold the shape that he wanted but without it feeling restrictive on the body. The jacket showcases his remarkable tailoring skills and eye for detail. The shape begins at the shoulders which are padded so that they sit up on top of the shoulders and have shape. The jacket  skims over the bust, nips in at the waist with two buttons and then curves out and over the top of the hips. The collar is rounded and notched and I love how the vertical seams are all set in a curve so the jacket follows the shape of the body. A flap pocket sits on each hip. At the back the curve is emphasized even more and there is one of his signature little flare out at the centre back under the waist. This precise seaming and cut are all done to give that exact distinct shape that he wished the piece to have. When styled on the runway with the plastered hair around the face it had an almost alien feel to it that was unbelievably fantastic. This is a fantastic way to add a little vintage McQueen into a modern wardrobe. It looks to have never been worn and is in mint condition. Excellent condition

Fully lined and closes with the buttons at the front. Flap pockets on each hip. Tagged a McQueen 46

Sleeves: 21" long and 14" around the upper arm
Shoulders: 16.5"
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bottom hem: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4550

Reference Photos/Video: Spring 2009 Alexander McQueen, Look 27. Model Iris Strubegger.

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