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McQueen Fashions
A leather jacket with asymmetrical detailing combined with a mini skirt straight out of a mid-80s metal band video.
I think I had this outfit in 1989 - the pink with black piping, the pointy shoulders and the seamed stockings all SCREAM 80s.
The poof at the shoulder and the hip are SO Homecoming 1986, and the entire feel of the garment brings to mind Bjork from her Sugarcubes days.

McQueen Fashions
In my youth, I could see my mom wearing any one of these three ensembles.
McQueen Fashions
Puffy ruffled pleats, a jacket nipped at the waist, and a button down blouse - completely reminiscent, yet thoroughly modern, too.
If this isn't an homage to Holiday-era Madonna, I'll eat a pound of brussel sprouts (and I hate brussel sprouts!).
Shoulder pads AND gauchos AND all black - didn't Alexis Carrington have this exact same pantsuit when she was about to plan and plot something truly evil?

McQueen Fashions
I'm a big fan of androgyny, and McQueen managed to pull it off
while still retaining a feminine essence. Truly brilliant styling.
McQueen Fashions
Plaid, leather, lace and buckles - sexy and fun at the same time.
Houndstooth is HOT, HOT, HOT, and so are bold complicated geometries.
It takes a daring woman to wear random and intersecting stripes, but WOW what a look! Maybe we'll see it on a David Lee Roth impersonator.

McQueen Fashions
May you have the opportunity to make the other side a better place. You are missed.

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McQueen Made Me Cream My Jeans, Jelly Bean
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n late 1980 I turned 10 years old.1 I was the sort of kid entranced with the beads and bangles of the hippies, the bold lines of the mods, and the otherworldly sparkle of disco. I believed all clothing should be suitable for a stage performance or a night out dancing. The world seemed a brighter happier place to be when surrounded by 70s hipsters. It was my mod mom who opened my view into the world of fashion and design. Even though she was a nurse, she made much of her own clothing, and her frequent color-blocking of red, white and black is burned into my own design aesthetic.
1Yes, that means I turn 40 this year. Got something to say about it?
My Mod Mom
Then the 80s happened. Color-blocking became even bolder, shoulders got puffy or pointy, suit jackets on women were everywhere and underwear became outerwear. I've learned, though, that 80s fashion can mean very different things to different people. For some, it's defined in John Hughes' films. I've ventured into those femmy preppy realms for special occasions like prom (anything involving crinolines and I'm IN).
McQueen, Josi & Kate
My idea of 80s wear is safety pins, black spandex, chucks, tight bleached jeans, leather, pumps, flouncy mini skirts, drop-waisted dresses (with combat boots). Yet I realize for some people the 80s bring to mind leg warmers, bold color-blocking, shoulder pads, pantyhose, skinny ties, Coca-Cola shirts and swatches. The only thing we all have in common, regardless of style or gender, is that we all used mousse at least once (and probably for at least a year).
Me & McQueen
I can't help but feel that Lee Alexander McQueen ripped out pages of my photographs and re-tooled my memories into something shiny and new, yet familiar, too. In the 90s we made fun of 80s fashion, seeing it as horribly gaudy, yet boring at the same time. McQueen shreds those myths to pieces, and takes all the aspects that remind us the most of these eras of fashion, and updates them just enough to make one draw in a breath and wonder - why didn't it just look like that in the first place?
Me & McQueen
I will miss McQueen's genius. I always awaited his runway show pics on, and he never failed to make me envious as a designer, and covetous of his pieces. Beyond the fashion world, few know his name and even fewer understand how inspired a designer, how delighted with human form, how passionate for fabrics and prints... how totally devoted to his art his masterpieces reveal.
As someone who loves tessellations, and a sense of humor in fashion, and a bold fuck-the-haters attitude, I doubt there will be someone to fill McQueen's shoes for quite some time. The fashion world has lost its enfant terrible: the devotedly talented, punk rock soul that was Lee Alexander McQueen.

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Terrific McQueen overview!
- CrochetBlogger, 2011-01-28 03:54:51

awesome pictures!!! he has left inspiration for us all...
- emily w, 2010-03-27 12:37:33

I love the red and black together -- very bold, and timeless too.
- Erica F, 2010-03-25 04:51:26

I loved the fact that he had a distinct point of view and all his couture was IMPECCABLY tailored.
- Christine R, 2010-03-25 11:15:35

Someone clearly needs to design a crochet version of that black/red/gray 2010 dress. I would totally wear that. :)
- Susan M, 2010-03-17 04:58:28

He was a fashion genuis that will be missed across the world for years to come. His legacy will live on through his design. PS - LOVE THE 70s and 80s CLOTHES!!!!
- Tara S, 2010-03-16 04:58:07

He was so cute, too!
- Julie H, 2010-03-12 03:08:34

This is a truly good way to honour someone like him. Thank you!
- Sabine P, 2010-03-09 01:38:44

Neat stuff!
- Larissa B, 2010-03-04 12:25:21

I have never been the expert on fashion and the first McQueen collection I really 'got' and saw and loved was his 2009 one. The gorgeous red gown with the houndstooth changing into birds a la Escher...perfection. He will be missed.
- Jessica P, 2010-03-04 09:08:38

I've always been a huge fan of McQueen... he was only 40! I figured we had lots more to see from him :\ But what we can do is be inspired by his legacy!
- Amy M, 2010-03-03 04:49:45

so loved the 80s, big hair and make up for boys and girls!
- lydia s, 2010-03-03 10:32:45

Nice walk down memory lane! But everythin good does eventually recycle...
- Connie R, 2010-03-02 08:27:54

omgsh! u hit it right on the nose!! lol!! think our mom's must've been neighbors and that u n i prob went to school together- my kids are laughing, they think we dressed weird- but i know
- cynthia d, 2010-03-02 07:16:08

I had that same prom dress only in wine, it was somebody's bridesmaid dress with matching shoes. What a shame that he's left us.
- Jenny W, 2010-03-02 05:01:30

@Victoria - it might've been the same dress - mine was Laura Ashley, too.
- Josi M, 2010-03-02 04:29:12

I think I had a dress similar to your prom dress but in blue - it came from Laura Ashley (I'm in the UK). That picture brought back memories!
- Victoria H, 2010-03-02 04:20:27

This was a great article, and the fashions he produced are just stunning, and they do remind me of the eighties and nineties fashions I also wore. :0)
- Deanna K, 2010-03-02 10:53:29

Loved this article! What a legacy he has left to anyone who designs and makes. Thanks for the '80s/'90s memories and the McQueen comparisons! Brilliant!!
- Lilycobweb, 2010-03-02 08:56:29

This article put in words what I was thinking. When ever I looked at McQueens work I wondered if he had rumaged through my old photo album. Whether I like the design or not it always made me smile when I think back to the many outfits that I used to wear in the 80's and although they may be embarasing now we all secretly wish we looked as good in ours as Mcqueens models. Great article - put a smile on my face!
- dell d, 2010-03-02 07:29:00

@Kim K - Misogynistic? An example, please, because that's quite an accusation.
- Josi M, 2010-03-01 10:17:17

Some McQueen pieces are misogynistic. I don't think the gown from Fall 2006 is a reference to poofy prom dresses from the '80s. Both reference back to styles from the 17th-19th centuries. BTW, I had the same prom dress in '89 but mine was pank and tea length and made by my grandmother.
- Kim K, 2010-03-01 10:08:55

Brought back memories. Thanks
- Rebecca J, 2010-03-01 09:35:18

Enjoyed the pictures. Brought back memories.
- Bonnie W, 2010-03-01 06:02:16

Underneath the colors and patterns and wonderful sleeves, McQueen was a master of the art of tailoring. Several of his very early jobs were in Savile Row establishments where he learned how to put clothing together so that it draped and fit the body. Casey C.
- Casey C, 2010-03-01 02:32:41

Very nice article and tribute to a great designer. Only the good die young.
- Cathleen M, 2010-03-01 01:32:04

Great article! I love the side by side comparisons. What I love most about these fashions (and 80's fashion) is that they really borrowed from 1940's fashion and just took it all to the extreme--the geometrics, the menswear patterns, big shoulders, all that. Love it. McQueen definitely took this all to a sophisticated level with his designs. There is always an edge, but not so much that it's unfeminine. He will be missed!
- Angela P, 2010-03-01 12:25:40

i would wear random and intersecting stripes. this was enjoyable!
- Lysandra F, 2010-02-28 02:03:10

Interesting article. Love fashion!
- Sarah M, 2010-02-27 11:52:04

1Yes, that means I turn 40 this year. Got something to say about it? yep! you are not alone and your hotter than Georgia asphalt thanks for familiar flashbacks - although I am sure I was never as fashionable as you! - and the great and enlightening tribute to McQueen
- sarah c, 2010-02-27 02:26:16

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