Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Living Apparitions
by Andrew Bolton, Susannah Frankel, and Tim Blanks
Review by Alex Behr, Propeller, spring 2012


“There’s blood beneath every layer of skin.” —Alexander McQueen

Four models inhabit the clothes as faceless or headless mannequins within Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. … These apparitions-as-clothes allude to people who creep out in perfectly tailored pants that creep down the bum, who cinch their waists to fit into dresses made of iridescent clamshells, who obscure their faces with molded leather and enclose their torsos with plastic bodices laced with worms. The four models—Polina, Katerina, Lyza, and Uliana—had their limbs and torsos and extremities painted with white acrylic paint. In some photos you can see the paint worn off, as if the skin were sanded. These women were dressed and posed. Then they vanished.