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McQueen

"McQueen is a haunting biography that goes beyond even that live runway experience to conjure the visionary himself, in as much as he may ever be known - and in a way even his savagely beautiful clothes themselves cannot." - Globe & Mail

“Alexander McQueen was fashion’s bad boy done good. Born Lee Alexander McQueen (he dropped ‘Lee’ because Alexander ‘sounded posher’), he was the son of an East End cabby and left school at 16. As an apprentice tailor on Savile Row, he famously scrawled rude words into the lining of a suit for Prince Charles. When he died by suicide aged 40 he was the most powerful British designer in the world. This intelligent, honest documentary explores his complex personality without getting tacky or tabloidy, or ignoring McQueen’s dark side. Its access to his friends and family is impressive.

“Where did his demons come from? An ex-boyfriend says that McQueen told him he’d been sexually abused from the age of nine by his sister’s husband. Friends talk about his cocaine habit. There are fond stories about the early days too, when McQueen’s gang built an empire: skint kids having a blast.

“This doc makes a convincing case that McQueen was a serious artist, with clip after clip of his legendary catwalk shows – more performance art and theatre than fashion.” - Time Out

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