Style spotting, behind the scenes and fashion dreams…
Art and fashion often inspire each other, and the lines are sometimes blurred in terms of where something stops being a fashion piece and becomes a piece of art, especially in the collections very creative designers such as Alexander McQueen. Renowned for their beautifully crafted garments, intricate designs and extravagant shows, McQueen is the perfect blend of fashion and art.
Enter Damien Hirst. Notorious artist, he is renowned for his piece “For the love of God”, a platinum skull, covered in diamonds, with human teeth that sold for £50 million. Often remarked upon as a shock artist, he has recently been back in the spotlight having collaborated with Rihanna for the 25th anniversary cover of GQ Magazine. Racy, daring and grotesque, it was everything you could expect of a photo shoot directed by the artist.
So clearly the most obvious connection between the two giants of the art and fashion industries is their use of the skull. The McQueen skull printed scarf first appeared in 2003 and is celebrating 10 years as a wardrobe staple. Having been re-invented time and time again in various prints and fabrics, it is constantly available and an iconic piece of McQueen’s legacy. I have one of the leopard print versions of the design, and I have always loves its ability to transform the simplest of outfits, below is a shot of me at LFW SS14 wearing mine! I admittedly squealed with excitement over the prospect of this collaboration, a huge fan of both artists.
So what of the collaboration itself? Well first there is the film. 1 minute and 19 seconds of visual bliss. Shot by photographer Sølve Sundsbø, the film is as beautiful and delicate as the fabric of the scarves themselves. The whole film appears almost ghostly and whimsical, a truly stunning piece of videography which displays the fabrics perfectly. Without gushing too much, I can’t say how much I love this!
If the video wasn’t enough to make your heart pound, the collection is. A set of 30 limited edition designs, each true to the brands trademark style. The iconic and ornate McQueen skulls adorn the designs and a huge range of colours means that there is one to suit every taste. The patterns are geometric, busy but beautiful and almost kaleidoscopic, and all of the prints are inspired by Hirst’s Entomology series heavily featuring butterflies, spiders and bug
My favourite piece of the collection is the Butterfly Skull Scarf. Retailing at $630 it isn’t an easy buy, and I certainly won’t be able to afford one, but that won’t stop me lusting after it! I adore the muted tones of blues and greys and the way that the butterflies overlap onto the skull design, bringing the symbols of death and beauty together into one. The busy print is exciting and the scarf is made of gorgeous silk.
All in all it is a truly stunning collection and the perfect design partnership. They may seem like mere scarves, but the intricacy of design and the collaboration of these two great icons make these not only pieces of fashion, but wearable pieces of art!
All pieces are available online here and went on sale today.