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On September 25, 2000, attendees of the Alexander McQueen S/S 2001 fashion show (entitled “Voss”, a direct reference to Lee’s fascination with birds) filed into a room. Before them stood a large mirrored box. They were made to wait for hours, uncomfortably staring at their own reflections. In Lee’s words: 

"The idea was to turn people’s faces on themselves. I wanted to turn it around and make them think, am I actually as good as what I’m looking at?"

Eventually the box was lit from within, to reveal a space resembling a holding cell in a mental hospital. Within the box was set another box, which remained closed for the duration of the runway show. Models began to walk into the cube, with their heads wrapped in a gauze-y fabric resembling that of mental patients. The patrons could see into the box but the models could not see out. Their clothing contained a variety of styles and themes; everything from sleek silky cocktail dresses in pearl and blush pink to references to Hitchcock’s “The Birds” was shown. Some of the more eccentric pieces included a top made out of jigsaw puzzle pieces, trapeze dresses covered in large green feathers, futuristic heel-less shoes, and elaborate gowns made out of razor clam shells and painted microscope slides. In reference to the red dress made of microscope slides and ostrich feathers, McQueen said to The Observer Magazine "There’s blood beneath every layer of skin"

The piece-de-resistance of the collection was the finale. After all of the models (the likes of which included Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor, and Karen Elson) exited, the box that had been sitting in the middle of the runway became the focal point. Suddenly, the walls of the box crashed down onto the floor, shattering the glass. Inside, a plus-sized woman (erotica writer Michelle Olley) was revealed to be lounging completely naked, breathing through a distorted face mask, and surrounded by moths. It was a reference to Joel-Peter Witkin’s Sanitarium, and a direct statement to the audience regarding Lee McQueen’s feelings about the societal view of beauty. Here, after all of the conventionally gorgeous models had passed by, lay an also beautiful woman, but not in the conventional sense. The show closed with the models pressing their hands against the glass cube, making the first real bit of contact with the audience. 

McQueen challenged the fashion world constantly with his designs and theatrical runway shows, but VOSS has remained one of his most memorable statements. 

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ALEXANDER McQUEEN SS 2001 VOSS.

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ALEXANDER McQUEEN SS 2001 VOSS.

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Alexander McQueen s/s 2001

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Alexander McQueen s/s 2001

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‘Voss’, Alexander McQueen, S/S 2001

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‘Voss’, Alexander McQueen, S/S 2001

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the woods, forest, moss and underbrush, the crawling infinite cover of the earth, encapsulating you into another world where nothing is visible but trees and green the world falls away and there is nothing but silence. continuous growth, layer upon layer upon layer building until there is nothing left of what was below, decay and regrowth, the perfect system of the earth

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fashion inspiration for  ”      ”    surreal silence, enveloped by nature, by the earth, the vines and roots taking back the people. McQueen SS 2001 collection VOSS: most amazing show of all time, used natural real elements in the pieces, birds, razor clamb shells, oysters, ostrich feathers, real butterflies at the end, the intense societal message accompanying it like all his shows speaks to my design work, i always want there to be a message otherwise whats the point?

rei kawakubas monster collection, the deformation of the human body, something taking it over, enveloping it, distorting the shape and turning it into something unreal and unworldly: exactly what i want my shapes and silhouettes to do, which is a challenge for me i always seem to do the same shapes and silhouettes with embellishments its always a challenge to design an innovative silhouette. 

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water, the ocean is a god of silence, of the surreal, the infinite depth of the water, its unstatic nature, constantly changing yet when still it is deathly still, like glass, it is a mystery, an enigma, unexplainable and dangerous, covering 70% of the earth and determines our survival, can kill you in 3 minutes with too much, in 3 days with too little.

sorry all the tumblr people i stole these from, theyre from my desktop i don’t have any credits for them!

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The Empire of Light, II by René Magritte
Can we just talk about how much I love this paintingIt’s surrealist just in case you over look that because heaven knows I did the first time even after staring for like fifteen minutes

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The Empire of Light, II by René Magritte

Can we just talk about how much I love this painting
It’s surrealist just in case you over look that because heaven knows I did the first time even after staring for like fifteen minutes

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Happy New Year! Here’s hoping for a midnight kiss. 

moma:

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping for a midnight kiss