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McQueen (2018)

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The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.

Directors:

Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui (co-director)

Writer:

Peter Ettedgui
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bernard Arnault Bernard Arnault ... Self
Joseph Bennett Joseph Bennett ... Self
Detmar Blow Detmar Blow ... Self
Isabella Blow Isabella Blow ... Self (archive footage)
Katy England Katy England ... Self
Tom Ford ... Self
Magdalena Frackowiak Magdalena Frackowiak ... Self
Jodie Kidd ... Self
Alexander McQueen ... Self (archive footage)
Gary James McQueen Gary James McQueen ... Self
Janet McQueen Janet McQueen ... Self
Joyce McQueen Joyce McQueen ... Self (archive footage)
Kate Moss ... Self
Michelle Olley Michelle Olley ... Self
Sebastian Pons Sebastian Pons ... Self
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Storyline

Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence. Written by Salon

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The fearless, rebellious and extraordinary life of Alexander McQueen. See more »


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Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 - 11 February 2010) 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. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003. McQueen committed suicide by hanging in 2010, at the age of forty, at his home in Mayfair, London. See more »

Quotes

Alexander McQueen: Fashion is a big bubble and sometimes I feel like popping it.
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A stunning film about fashion's misunderstood genius
19 August 2018 | by writeclub-12333See all my reviews

For many Alexander McQueen fans, including myself, McQueen's work was more than stunning fashion: it was a powerful statement about rising above abuse, the burdens of beauty, defying gender norms, death, humanity, and empowerment. The filmmakers did a spectacular job of capturing these themes in McQueen's work through interviews and photo/video montages. Every moment of the film is thought provoking. The visuals are haunting. We must treasure this rare look into the private world of fashion's most elusive, misunderstood genius.

The film succeeds most of all by presenting a heartrending timeline of McQueen not only as an infamous designer, but as a person ravaged by the industry. Alexander's life was triumphant and tragic in equal measures; he quite literally lost himself to his genius, pouring so much emotion into the McQueen brand that it became an extension of himself. Ultimately, as the film tells us, fusing his identity with the brand resulted in brilliant, theatrical shows...and the loss of his sanity.

I wish that certain runway shows [namely, the Horn of Plenty] were examined a bit more, but McQueen was such a powerhouse that the film would have spanned 3+ hours if they had discussed all his work in depth. I also wish that we could have heard from Sarah Burton, who now directs the house of McQueen. Despite its small missed opportunities, this film will stick with you long after you've left the theatre.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 June 2018 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$98,873, 22 July 2018

Gross USA:

$1,257,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,739,246
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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