Today’s post is the second part of the tri-post tribute. This dress has sentimental value to me because it’s the first, and thus-far, only garment by Alexander McQueen in my personal collection. I wanted to style it here in his memory as part of my humble little tribute to McQueen. I kept it simple and clean in the front and paired it with nude heels so as not to distract from the lines and beautiful tailoring of the dress. It appears relatively conservative and elegant at the front but the extravagant open-back design daringly defies this initial impression – with a bit of that shock-factor that Alexander McQueen was always so good at. By adding the Swarovski scarf necklace, I wanted to intensify that sense of contrast and glam. Elaborate headwear had always been such a significance element of McQueen’s designs that I tried to create a bold headpiece as an allusion to that.

I read somewhere that throughout his career McQueen was very progressive in his approach to sewing and tailoring techniques and that he hated seams and tried to have as few of them as possible. After reading that, I took a look at my dress and I noticed that there really are less seams and their placement is quite unusual. I bought the dress on ebay a few years ago, and I will forever cherish its every unconventionally sewn inch.

(The last two pictures are of similar garments from the same Fall 2004 collection)

What I’m wearing:

  • Dress by “Alexander McQueen” (Fall 2004 Collection)
  • Nude heels by “Elie Tahari”
  • Headwrap (I put it together out of simple interfacing material and safety pins)
  • Long Chill Scarf necklace by “Swarovski”