March 25, 2010

The Real Culture Wars: Who Killed Alexander McQueen?

The Huffington Post had a great article called "The Real Culture Wars: Who Killed Alexander McQueen?" It's about McQueens death and funeral. The whole article is great but the last two paragraphs I found to be really powerful:

It's tempting to say that it's a "sad irony" that a genius fashion designer
hanged himself in his clothes wardrobe. It's tempting to say that it's a
"celebration" of his life that the most famous models in the world showed up to
his funeral wearing spectacular clothing. But it's neither ironic that he hanged
himself in his closet, nor an act of redemption that fashion models came to his
funeral looking like fashion models.
The closet full of clothes was the only
place he could go, despite his unlimited access to inaccessible people, and the
fashion models could never understand that a tribute to the man -- the person,
not just his work -- would come in the rending of rags worn, in spite of the
cameras, to his burial.

I think everyone should read this article. You won't be sorry that you did, maybe a little sad but not sorry.

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