The footage is mesmerising even for the most fashion-illiterate of audiences, and proves that this is a film about the man, not just about fashion

Brilliant minds are often deeply troubled ones, and Alexander McQueen is very much the epitome of this commonplace sadness. The British fashion designer, once head of Paris fashion house Givenchy, lived a life that was ultimately too short to have the full impact he could have had upon his industry. And, as directors Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui go to great lengths to put forward in their documentary, Alexander McQueen still had an incredible impact, despite his life cutting short so suddenly.

McQueen.jpgMcQueen is brilliantly intricate when explaining Alexander McQueen’s life and attempting to understand his purpose. Possessing many truly heartfelt interviews with those who clearly loved Alexander, including those of his mother, sister, nephew and colleagues, the film very much allows these to dictate the outlook the film puts forward. The way Alexander changed each of their lives comes across as both truthful and overwhelming.

By scaling the stages of McQueen’s fashion career, Bonhote and Ettedgui carefully select shows representing his transformation most perfectly. From fashion student to head of Givenchy, the journey is presented clearly and purposefully. There is no agenda behind the film, and that shows in its determination to understand exactly who Alexander McQueen was.

The footage is mesmerising even for the most fashion-illiterate of audiences, and proves that this is a film about the man, not just about fashion. It stems from Alexander and shows how vital his impact was on all of those around him. His story is a heartbreaking one, and one that McQueen captures brilliantly in a well researched, passionately made, powerful documentary.

4/5

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