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Important Fall 2004 Alexander McQueen 'Pantheon Ad Lecum' Runway Feather & Bead Collar

It is extremely rare to find the accessories that appeared on the runway from the Alexander McQueen shows. They were often not produced in significant numbers and were often only found at the flagship store in very limited quantities if they were even made available at all. This masterpiece is from the Fall 2004 show entitled 'Pantheon Ad Lecum' or 'Towards the Light'. The twin of this collar walked the runway topping a dress worn by Karen Elson and it was spectacular. In the book Alexander McQueen these feather capes are remarked up in particular as being a nod to the Native American culture. This is a remarkable piece of McQueen's history and I have never seen one for sale before and might never again.

The collar is glorious. It sits on the shoulders and comes up and around the neck in a graceful curve to frame the face. It is completely covered with rows of overlapping feathers done in rows that follow the curving cut of the collar. The feathers cover every square inch of the collar front to back. Worked into  and through the  feathers are hand cut mother of pearl shell discs along with large oval amber coloured glass beads. The shell discs have a raw feel to them and the glass beads catch the light beautifully. Smaller round amber glass beads are mixed in and all of the work has been done by hand. It is backed in an ivory silk satin and closes with a back zipper. It is a true treasure that is a once in a life time find. Excellent condition with a minor note below.

The collar zips to close at the back and is lined in a hand set ivory silk satin. All the work is done by hand. There may be the occasional bead missing but nothing that stands out. The feathers around the very top of the neck show a slight crushing that is impossible to avoid given the way they are set in place. It is otherwise as close to being fresh off the rack as you can get and a remarkable piece of fashion history.

The neck is 15.75" around and the width at its widest point is 21". The collar is 2.25" high and then it is 9" wide from the bottom neck seam to the edge.

Item# DD3919

Reference Photos/Video: (1-4) Fall 2004 Alexander McQueen Runway Collection. Look 34 worn by Karen Elson. (5) Text from the book Alexander McQueen edited by Claire Wilcox, Abrams

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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