Lee Alexander Mcqueen, Lee Lee, Leila Zana Mcqueen discussed on Q: The Podcast from CBC Radio


If you know the name Alexander McQueen likely associated with runways and red carpets. Lee Alexander McQueen was his full name and he was a kind of designer put on fashion shows that verged on performance art. It was just one of the ways that he pushed the boundaries of what fashion could be. His creativity landed him a job as a chief designer Jiangxi, the huge French label when he was only in his twenties and he founded his own brand which remains popular among stylists and celebrities to this day. But that's really just one snapshot of who Alexander McQueen really was a lot of people out there still wonder about the person behind all of this incredible work. Alexander McQueen died by suicide back in twenty ten when he was alive. He was known to say, if you wanna know me look at my work, that is what director Ian bonnet set out to do in his new documentary is called McQueen. And it leads you through the different chapters of the. Seiners work as well as archive footage and rear interviews with Leo exander mcqueen's friends and family. And as you're about to hear it allowed in nut to get to the core of who Lee was and still look back on everything that he achieved. I think Lee when beyond fashion. So you know, in fashion, you have people that work in season or star or colors. Lee work in ideas and concepts, and it could get inspired by book could get by by movie, could get inspired by the truly a piece of art, an artist like ribka horn. And so there wasn't like a clear way. You could always you every time you show an Alex MacQueen show you. You didn't know what to expect in could be completely different from one season to the next. What about the man behind the art who was Leila Zana McQueen to you? I think was very, very unbel-. Simple guy e basically painted in the media has. Bad boy of the of the British fashion world. It was very sensitive and maybe overly sensitive, and that's why we needed to to create sort of hard shelled for himself and sometime maybe look a little bit aggressive on the outside the inside. He was a very soft gentle person. Most of the people interviewed that remember him more what they miss the most by him. It's his sense of humour is always love the fact that you know he was a constant journey of of emotion with Lee may many times involved loads and loads of love, nothing. It's very important for audiences to understand. They're creating a fashion show and the number of credit to create every year sometime to fourteen year. The work was win, tense, Wisconsin, constant constant relentless. So sometimes you know, he goes too much and you get tired and you and you push yourself to delimit. But at the end of the day, they they were having great fun. Making it just hearing you talk about all of this stuff makes you realize that there's so many facets to this man and his work and so many different angles. You could've taken to tell the story and make a documentary about his life. What what were you guys looking to have be at the heart of this story we place to shows is fashion shows Lee, if you took the freshen shows from Lee Lee would have stock fashion. And I think you know, I think the fashion show it's almost almost started from the fashion show in the knees by some of the election. He had to have a concept in the night yet to work from. So that's what we did. We took it to his work to his word. Any would say, if you wanna know me, look at my work and immense at the shows is shows are Tabatha. So we basically cho- chose five major shows. And through that we explore more personal life is relationship is friends. Family is on issues. Israel. Shipped to freshen to is way than the way looked and we could have into some of the more documents has the mental issues he struggled with. You talked about the film being derived from his shows and in the end it was very interesting. You used five shows and you use them as chapters of historian chapters in your documentary. That first chapter revolves around Alexander mcqueen's first show, which was Jack the ripper stocks..

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