I love finding areas of confluence—areas of overlap and synthesis are what make the arts so intriguing and so fresh. The German language happens to have a fabulous word for this: Gesamtkunstwerk. (Yes, I spelled it right pre-Google. I have loved this word for years.) Wagner used this word to speak “of his ideal of unifying all works of art via the theatre”(via), and theatre is probably the best word to describe the fashion house of Alexander McQueen. If you are not familiar with his work and the work of the brand, just google “alexander mcqueen theatre” and you will find enough to convince you. Or scroll through some images on that search and again, I am confident you couldn’t dispute that this is theatrical (even costume-y) fashion. And now in a matter of my own opinion: it’s gorgeous.
Credit for the McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 collection goes to designer Sarah Burton. And I tip my cap at her. I love the layers of influence in these clothes. First. the choker of bees (above). This reminds me of folks like them:
…who have real bee beards.
It is worth looking at the whole collection with it’s stylized beekeeper hats;
abdomen segment-inspired hip plates (how else does one describe this?);
and this corset which seems to be made out of propolis.
Overall I am totally enamored by this collection. It’s fun to have an eye for the theatre and design of it as well as the biology. What a fun puzzle!
“The collection is a study of femininity. We looked at erotica. Vargas girls, cages, corsets and crinolines and the idealisation of the female form. Nothing is set in a particular period. It’s about sensuality and skin but not nudity. We also wanted to express lightness, for the clothes almost to hover over the women who wear them.” says Sarah Burton, herself.