Alexander McQueen had the kind of fashion genius that only comes round once in a generation. His clothes were beautiful, savage and sexual. They erupted out of his fevered imagination. They catapulted him from tough East End beginnings to become the darling of the catwalks the world over. He challenged every convention going: with bumster trousers and lunatic asylum shows, with car robots on the catwalk to Kate Moss as a hologram. But the darkness that fuelled his drive was also to be his downfall. In February last year he took his own life.
This sensitive, beautifully shot film tells the story of Alexander McQueen, examining his key relationships with fashionistas such as Isabella Blow – inspired stylist, great British eccentric and muse. Theirs was a relationship of two outsiders, attracted by each other’s exuberance, wild imaginations and raucous laughter. The film seeks to understand McQueen’s genius and the critical relationships of his extraordinary career.