Alexander McQueen’s collection titled “Sarabande” (the name of a Handel song that was played by a live chamber orchestra during the show) drew inspiration from artist and director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 2001 film Still Life, which depicts a bowl of fruit that slowly rots away. McQueen described his mood at the time as “darkly romantic,” and he utilized fresh flowers because, simply, “they die.”
The finale piece of the collection, worn by model Tanya Dziahileva, was a nude silk organza gown covered in both silk and fresh flowers. As she walked, flowers began dropping off the dress, which while many thought was a clever symbol of decay, was actually an accident.
“We put [the fresh flowers] on just before she went out, and they started to fall off one by one as she walked. I remember people saying Lee timed it,” the label’s current creative director, Sarah Burton, told Vogue. “We had a laugh about that. It was an accident!”