McQueen's final fashion show a celebration of life

Tue Mar 9, 2010 1:20pm EST
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By Sophie Hardach

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - British designer Alexander McQueen's final collection on Monday revealed a feast of colors and textures, celebrating his skill and passion for spectacle just weeks after his suicide.

British media reported that McQueen had been inconsolable over the death of his mother earlier last month, and that he had a history of depression.

His creations in this collection, however, showed the other side of his personality: joyful and life-embracing.

Assistants choked back the tears as they watched stony-faced models display clothes fit for mystical creatures.

A golden feather coat fanned out into a soft, pleated white skirt; a long red gown was embellished with thousands of gold discs that rustled eerily with every step; while a black, embroidered Venetian cape evoked cloak-and-dagger mystery.

Inspired by the Old Masters of painting, fabric was drawn back to reveal gold embroidery, a feather skirt or a glimpse of flesh. Prints reflected the gory fantasies of Hieronymous Bosch, while long, floating gowns traced the soft sweetness of a Botticelli Venus.

"Each piece is unique, as was he," McQueen's fashion house said in a statement released with the collection.

Known as the rebel of fashion, McQueen shot to fame with provocative ideas such as low-cut "bumster" trousers, but his later work was dazzling and bewitching rather than shocking.   Continued...

<p>British designer Alexander McQueen acknowledges the applause at the end of his Spring/Summer 2005 men's collections during Milan Fashion Week, June 28, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Daniele La Monaca</p>