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Request: Alexander McQueen's Romantic Gothic by GL-Gloria Request: Alexander McQueen's Romantic Gothic by GL-Gloria
for :iconchirami14: who requested me to design something high fashion but also modern, something like alexander mcqueen. mcqueen has a some "signature" styles and we settled on his gothic style.

the first thing i did, was re-visit the savage beauty exhibit as held in honor for mcqueen, and from their official blog site, i found this describing his romantic gothic style:

“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality.”

—Alexander McQueen

One of the defining features of McQueen’s collections is their historicism. While McQueen’s historical references are far-reaching, he was particularly inspired by the nineteenth century, especially the Victorian Gothic. “There’s something . . . kind of Edgar Allan Poe, kind of deep and kind of melancholic about my collections,” McQueen noted. Indeed, the “shadowy fancies” that Poe writes about in “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839) are vividly present in the majority of McQueen’s collections, most notably Dante (autumn/winter 1996–97), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (autumn/winter 2002–3), and the posthumous, unofficially entitled Angels and Demons (autumn/winter 2010–11). Like the Victorian Gothic, which combines elements of horror and romance, McQueen’s collections often reflect opposites such as life and death, lightness and darkness. Indeed, the emotional intensity of his runway presentations was frequently the consequence of the interplay between dialectical oppositions. The relationship between victim and aggressor was especially apparent, particularly in his accessories. He once remarked, “I . . . like the accessory for its sadomasochistic aspect.” This position is strikingly evident in the gallery “Cabinet of Curiosities,” which focuses on atavistic and fetishistic paraphernalia produced by McQueen in collaboration with a number of accessory designers, including the milliners Dai Rees and Philip Treacy and the jewelers Shaun Leane, Erik Halley, and Sarah Harmarnee."

- See more at: [link]

so i tried to base my design so it'd fit the description. and dont worry, i did my research. i re-visited mcqueen's gothic collections, did some snooping about victorian era fashion.

background image is the epitome of gothic architecture, the cathedrale of cologne (link here [link], picture taken by Mirco Wilhelm; I lowered the opacity and cropped it, and applied a pattern/texture over it as to not infringe on copyright issues; i learned in my uarts class that its only copyright if you replicate it in all its entirety without giving credit....or something)

more credit/links....!!

-i did draw the shmancy details on the skirt, but it's heavily based (key word heavily) on this image [link]
-same with the rose/hair piece [link]

oh geez this is such a long description post and im about to make it longer.

the gown features a sheer skirt with embroidery/beaded details, worn over "panties" because im not a scandalous designer. the top features a high ruffled feather collar, which plunges deep/ the middle portion is lace, but the outer structure features poofy sleeves with a bow detail. the whole thing is reinforced with some bondage-inspired belt details. accessories are some uber high platform emerald green "bondage" heels, plus a rose head piece featuring face details

edit: feel free to drop me a comment :3
edit, edit: oops just realized i uploaded the wrong file (sorry!)
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June 21, 2013
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