Thursday 12th November

| BY Paul Toner

Over-printed, Over-dyed, Renewed: Alexander McQueen Gets Crafty for Pre-Spring 2021

As you might have noticed with this year’s digital shows, one key player was missing. Despite spending most of the last six months apart, Sarah Burton and her team at Alexander McQueen have created a poignant collection that cherishes the importance of handcraft.

All of the pieces you see here were created during lockdown. As shops stayed shuttered and global recourses were cut off, the team had to use what they had – assembling the majority of the collection out of stock fabric leftover from previous seasons. Making something out of what might have appeared useless months prior, the designers over-printed and over-dyed the pieces by hand. Restoring life into these renewed creations.

Dotted throughout are asymmetric, knee-length dresses shadowed in a faded pink gingham and blooming roses at the hemline, which are given a gritty edge when worn with the Tread Slick boot. There’s also hourglass suiting which has been dip-dyed a rose pink, before fading into fuchsia, then changing once more to a deep purple.

Other standout pieces include a trench coat that has been deconstructed into an off-the-shoulder dress, cigarette trousers adorned with a bow peplum at the waist and even more bows, this time infused into a double-layered tuxedo. The final look – a floor-length asymmetric gown – even comes embroidered in drawings taken from the team’s sketchbooks.

It’s a rather remarkable collection even before you learn it was created in the height of a global pandemic – proving once more that Burton and her McQueen team are never short of star power.

Photography courtesy of Alexander McQueen. You can shop the Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring 2021 collection here.