fashion merry go round



[hwur-li-gig, wur-] 

1. something that whirls or revolves.

2. a whirling motion or course:
    the whirligig of fashion.

3. a giddy or flighty person.

4. Dialect. a merry-go-round or carrousel.

5. a toy for whirling or spinning, as a top.

Whirligig combines the words whirl with gig. Gig comes from the Middle English ghyg meaning “spinning top.”

“Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.”
- William Shakespeare


Alexander McQueen’s fw 2001 show was a truly grotesque piece of grande theatre. The show entitled “What a Merry Go Round”, was presented on giant carousels almost as if taken from a circus back in the 20th century. However, instead of joyous children playing on them, they were haunted by models, who pole danced and walked across them as if it was their last stand. The eerie imagery was expanded by genius makeup by Val Garland, which made the models look like sad and morbid clowns. The clothes found inspiration in a mix of Victorian and 20th century fashions. The show had a number of now iconic looks, like the black and white gown worn by a model who pulled a gold skeleton across the floor, which was attached to her leg.