Karen Elson wears a delicate cream dress kissed head to toe in lace embroidery and a skirt full of frothy frills going into a never-ending trail, along with an antler headpiece swathed in a layer of tulle from Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2006 for the editorial ‘Alexander The Great’ which featured iconic pieces from the McQueen archive intending to honour late designer as well as an ode to the then upcoming MET gala, the theme being Savage Beauty. This shot was photographed by the elusive and exclusive Steven Meisel and was styled by living legend Grace Coddington for Vogue US May 2011, scanned by me from the book Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibions, People.
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