WATCH: Anna Wintour Talks About Alexander McQueen

Famously guarded Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour reveals a lot about herself in this interview with the BBC, in which she discusses the life and work of designer Alexander McQueen. McQueen’s best pieces (a few of which you can see here) are the focus of this year’s exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, and Wintour took the time to explain why McQueen was and continues to be so important to the global fashion industry.

Because far beyond dresses that cause controversy, McQueen created spectacles at his runway show that Wintour says still influence the most creative designers alive.

“His influence is everywhere. I always remember, soon after we lost him, talking to a number of designers — we were all in New York at the time — how huge his influence his influence had been on them, and how his runway shows taught them to be daring, and that the runway wasn’t just about a nice beige suit. That it was a place to explore the imagination and to take risks and to dare.”

Certainly there have been a great many touching tributes to McQueen’s memory — and the exhibit at the Met this summer will be one of them — but Wintour isn’t one to gush, and her clear admiration for this man and for what he did for fashion is, well, just really, really kind. And kind isn’t an adjective we hear associated with Wintour all that often.

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