As part of the lead up to “Savage Beauty,” the Alexander McQueen exhibit opening at the Metropolitan Museum next month and feted by the Costume Institute Gala on May 4, Sarah Burton spoke to Vogue’s Sarah Mower about the vision behind McQueen’s most iconic collections. It’s a candid look at what it was like to work with someone as creative as McQueen, someone for whom dip-dying medical slides and sourcing horsetails from the Queen is not an unreasonable idea. But it was equally fascinating to hear that Burton’s own wedding dress was once a source of inspiration for the late designer.
Of McQueen’s “Widows of Culloden” collection (first image) for Fall 2006, Burton told Mower:
“The collection was about the 1745 massacre of the Scottish Jacobites by the English, which Lee felt so passionately about because of his Scottish family heritage, which his mother had researched. The women were the widows of the slaughtered army. This dress was actually based on my wedding dress—I got married two years earlier. We had to figure out how to make lace work in the round with those ruffles because Lee hated gathering. So we cut out all of the flowers from the lace and reappliquéd it on tulle to make our own fabric. This is the collection most people remember as the one with Kate Moss in a hologram. Oh, my God, it was so beautiful. He loved that show.”
We’ve included a couple more images below, but you can see the rest (and read more of Burton’s memories) at Vogue.
Alexander the Great [Vogue]