Amen, Alexander McQueen! The New Collection Is 10 Looks Inspired by Church GarmentsMar 7, 2013 @ 11:54 am
Alexander McQueen merged fashion and religion for the fall 2013 collection at Paris Fashion Week, presenting a lineup inspired by the ecclesiastical wardrobe usually seen in the Church. The collection featured only 10 looks—a smaller number than usual because creative director Sarah Burton is on maternity leave—and each took a cue “from communion gowns to cardinals’ robes, the high church, nuns, popes, angels,” as the label described. The resulting designs included hoop skirts with caging and corsetry, exaggerated waistlines, and “hyperworked embellishment,” meaning detail within detail within detail, much like how the garments of the Church contain meaning with every stitch. The accessories and add-ons also paid extra attention to the little things, as seen on rhombus-covered stockings, pearl-studded gloves and footwear, and the embellished ruffs that covered each face. The timing of this collection’s debut is also a stunning fit—the highest member of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, made his exit just days prior. Click through the gallery to see all 10 looks, and watch them move in the video above. Amen!