Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, and founded his own Alexander McQueen label in 1992. Profoundly inspirational Alexander Mcqueen quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.
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Famous Alexander Mcqueen Quotes
Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.
Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.
There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy.
The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to fashion itself this millennium.
People don’t want to see clothes, they want to see something that fuels the imagination.
It’s good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It’s DNA, it’s in your blood.
It’s not the designer’s job to care about what people think. Whatever else I’ve done, I’ve never tried to be something that I’m not.
I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
You take inspiration from the street, with the trousers so low. You don’t need to go to India, you can find it in places like Bethnal Green or down Brick Lane. It’s everywhere.
The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity.
I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
I design clothes because I don’t want women to look all innocent and naïve… I want women to look stronger… I don’t like women to be taken advantage of…
Fashion is self-confident and fearless.
Of course I make mistakes. I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.
Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment.
I don’t like being surrounded by people who always say yes. I think that creativity grows out from conflict.
I’m mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.
Inspirational Alexander Mcqueen Quotes
The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today.
I don’t want to be too proud but I have a good personal style.
I’m not interested in being liked.
They’re not going to want to buy a cashmere coat they can wear any season, they are looking for something more individual than that, and from a more individual designer.
I am a melancholy type of person.
It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.
I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.
There’s blood beneath every layer of skin.
Beauty can come from the strangest of places, even the most disgusting of places.
I am married to work.
There comes a time in your life when you have to focus solely on what you believe is right, regardless of what everybody else is doing.
Style is not about the clothes, it’s about the individual.
I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.
If you’re lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely original. It’s not in the world – it’s in your head. I think that is amazing.
I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.
I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there’s no room for fault. But I don’t expect to turn things around all by myself. I’m not a saint.
When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.
You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.
British fashion is self-confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.
I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late.
You never move forward if you want to play it safe.
If you ask any lady they want to be taller, they want to be slimmer, you know, and they want a waist. I’m not here to make people look like a sack of potatoes.
Fame should be left to the film stars.
Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.
I used flowers because they die. My mood was darkly romantic at the time.
For people who know ‘McQueen’, there is always an underlying message. It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.
I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock shows, that’s how I got my first backers. But fashion’s a scary industry to be in, especially if you’ve not grown up with it.
I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.
With the force of technology, instant images, and global participation, fashion has developed from being a passion for a few to a fascination – and an entertainment – for everybody.
Amazing Alexander Mcqueen Quotes
There is no better designer than nature.
Having money hasn’t changed me. If anything it’s made my life worse. People come up to you who knew you before you were famous and who didn’t come up to you before.
It’s a new era in fashion- there are no rules.
I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fit in. I don’t want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.
When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there’s a certain hardness to the clothes that makes her look powerful. It kind of fends people off.
I’m a clever designer. I can do what the client wants. But I’m prepared to forget about money if it affects my creativity because, remember, I started off with nothing. And I can do that again.
Fashion is about fantasy as well as being commercial. We don’t all want to dress like soldiers in the same uniform. There is a viewpoint that people should play safe because they can’t afford to frighten their customer but, in fact, the opposite is true.
I know what misogyny is.
Clothes and jewelry should be startling, individual.
I’ve had good times; I’ve had bad times.
As a designer, you’ve always got to push yourself forward; you’ve always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That’s what I do.
My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years.
There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game.
For me, what I do is an artistic expression which is channeled through me. Fashion is just the medium.
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.
I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.
Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive.
Women should look like women.
Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.