I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress

Throughout his career, McQueen would rail angrily against women hating accusations, eventually telling a personal story that he hoped would silence his critics. As an eight year old boy, he explained, he had witnessed a terrifying act of domestic violence, directed at one of his older sisters by her husband. “I was this young boy and I saw this man with his hands round my sisters neck” he described. “I was just standing there with her two children beside me… I’ve seen a woman get nearly beaten to death by her husband. I know what misogyny is. Everything I’ve done since then was for the purpose of making women look stronger, not naive… I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”
—  Chloe Fox on Alexander McQueen, Vogue On