Widows-of-Culloden

Alexander McQueen,  Widows of Culloden AW 2006, Paris Fashion Week. “This collection is … romantic but melancholic and austere at the same time. It was gentle but you could still feel the bite of cold, the nip of the ice on the end of your nose… . With bustles and nipped waists, I was interested in the idea that there are no constraints on the silhouette. I wanted to exaggerate a woman’s form, almost along the lines of a classical statue.” Alexander McQueen,  Another Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2006

alexander mcqueen f/w 2006 ‘the widows of culloden’:  “Scotland for me is a harsh, cold and bitter place. It was even worse when my great, great grandfather used to live there… . The reason I’m patriotic about Scotland is because I think it’s been dealt a really hard hand. It’s marketed the world over as … haggis … bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.” - alexander mcqueen

Alexander McQueen fw 2006 ‘Widows of Culloden’ - in Alexander’s words - “[This] collection is … romantic but melancholic and austere at the same time. It was gentle but you could still feel the bite of cold, the nip of the ice on the end of your nose… . With bustles and nipped waists, I was interested in the idea that there are no constraints on the silhouette. I wanted to exaggerate a woman’s form, almost along the lines of a classical statue.”

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 Widows of Culloden 2006 F/W

 McQueen explained, the “Widows Of Culloden” presentation was tribute to the women who lost their husbands in the bloody battle of Culloden. After two seasons of traditional shows, the finale of this show was the shock value everyone loved about McQueen. A holographic video of Kate Moss appeared and disappeared. 

This hologram was presented in Savage Beauty at the Met

Widows of Culloden - Alexander McQueen.

“Scotland for me is a harsh, cold and bitter place. It was even worse when my great, great grandfather used to live there… . The reason I’m patriotic about Scotland is because I think it’s been dealt a really hard hand. It’s marketed the world over as … haggis … bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.”

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Kate Moss Hologram for Alexander McQueen’s “The Widows of Culloden”

alexander mcqueen f/w 2006 ‘the widows of culloden’, raquel zimmerman: “When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2,000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she’s rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There’s always spontaneity. You’ve got to allow for that in my shows.” Lee Alexander McQueen