Fashion is an art first and foremost, and that we must never forget.
I define remarkable fashion by how it makes you feel. If it’s good it will make you smile. If it’s great it will confuse you, it will keep you up at night, and it will be on your mind until you finally figure it out.
Alexander McQueen: The Birds 1995.
Comme des Garçons: F/W 1990.
Few designers are able to create great fashion, and in this article, we will discuss just that. The very few.
Alexander McQueen, the mastermind who left us far too soon. McQueen was not given the recognition and praise he deserved in his lifetime. He is credited with introducing a new silhouette to the fashion world, and only a handful of designers in history have ever brought forth a new silhouette to the industry. Alexander McQueen’s new silhouette was the “bumster”. The style elongates the torso and exposes the bum which McQueen says “It wasn’t about showing the bum… To me, that part of the body – not so much the buttocks, but the bottom of the spine – that’s the most erotic part of anyone’s body, man or woman”.
The Bumster Silhouette.
The medal bodice created by Shaun Leane on the McQueen catwalk.
McQueen was freeing the nipple before “Free the Nipple” was a thing.
Rei Kawakubo, one of the only designers to ever be the theme of the Met Gala and a still living designer. Kawakubo is the founder of Comme des Garçons and owner of the department store, Dover Street Market. The designer turns the abnormal and weird in something sexy and fearless. As a designer, she is a true artist. Societal norms and pressures to fit in are in no way apparent in her work. In fact, the first time I encountered a Rei Kawakubo piece I was doing research on Frankenstein’s influence on fashion. Her designs are almost monstrous with a divine womanly touch.
Comme des Garçons: The Lumps and Bumps Collection S/S 1997.
Rei Kawakubo for Vogue Paris.
Rihanna & Tracee Ellis Ross wearing Rei Kawakubo at the 2017 Rei Kawakubo themed MET GALA.
Fashion is for the fearless, so if you are not ready to be anything but your valiant self..
stay at home!