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Give me time and I'll give you a revolution. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
Give me time and I'll give you a revolution.
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Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.
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I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.
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I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.
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I work with people I admire and respect. It's never because of who they are. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I work with people I admire and respect. It's never because of who they are.
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Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.
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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.
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Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn't. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn't.
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I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.
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I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.
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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.
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The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today - Alexander McQueen Quotes
The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today
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There is no better designer than nature - Alexander McQueen Quotes
There is no better designer than nature
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People don't want to see clothes, they want to see something that fuels the imagination. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
People don't want to see clothes, they want to see something that fuels the imagination.
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I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.
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I use things that people want to hide in their heads. War, religion, sex; things we all think about, but don’t bring to the forefront. But I do and I force them to watch it
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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.
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There comes a time in your life when you focus solely on what you believe is right, regardless of what everybody else is doing.
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For me, what I do is an artistic expression which is channeled through me. Fashion is just the medium.
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When I'm dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.
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Fashion is self confident and fearless. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
Fashion is self confident and fearless.
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It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle - everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.
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It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.
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I am an avid follower of the news, and sometimes you just can't take any more war, any more disasters, and you want to remind yourself there's beauty in the world. I wanted to show a more poetic side to my work. It was all about... a feeling of sadness, but in a cinematic kind of way. I find beauty in melancholy.
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Style is not about the clothes, it's about the individual - Alexander McQueen Quotes
Style is not about the clothes, it's about the individual
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Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women.
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I am constantly trying to reflect the way women are treated. It's hard to interpret that in clothes or in a show but there's always an underlying, sinister side to women's sexuality in my work because of the way I have seen women treated in my life. Where I come from, a woman met a man, had babies, moved to Dagenham, two up two down, made the dinner, went to bed. That was my image of women and I didn't want that. I wanted to get that out of my head.
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I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
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I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don't want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.
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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.
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It's almost like putting armor on a woman. It's a very psychological way of dressing. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
It's almost like putting armor on a woman. It's a very psychological way of dressing.
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There is no way back for me now, I'm going to take you on journeys you've never dreamed possible - Alexander McQueen Quotes
There is no way back for me now, I'm going to take you on journeys you've never dreamed possible
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I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil.
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The reason I'm patriotic about Scotland is because I think it's been dealt a really hard hand. It's marketed the world over as . . . haggis . . . bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.
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I find beauty in melancholy. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I find beauty in melancholy.
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You can only go forward by making mistakes. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
You can only go forward by making mistakes.
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If you're an open book, there's no allure. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
If you're an open book, there's no allure.
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For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I'm getting there: I've found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.
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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.
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Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. 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.
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I used flowers because they die. My mood was darkly romantic at the time. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I used flowers because they die. My mood was darkly romantic at the time.
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There's beauty in anger, and anger for me is a passion. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
There's beauty in anger, and anger for me is a passion.
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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.
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I like things to be modern and still have a bit of tradition - Alexander McQueen Quotes
I like things to be modern and still have a bit of tradition
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Beauty can come from the strangest of places, even the most disgusting of places. - Alexander McQueen Quotes
Beauty can come from the strangest of places, even the most disgusting of places.
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Menswear is about subtlety. It's about good style and good taste.
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There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.
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It needs to connect with the earth. Things that are processed and reprocessed lose their substance.
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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.
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Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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It's the ugly things I notice more, because other people tend to ignore the ugly things.
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I think there has to be an underlying sexuality. There has to be a perverseness to the clothes. There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance. It's like a Story of O. I am not big on women looking naive. There has to be a sinister aspect, whether it's melancholy of sadomasochist. I think everyone has a deep sexuality, and sometimes it's good to use a little of it-and sometimes a lot of it-like a masquerade.
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There’s blood beneath every layer of skin.
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Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual.
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There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company. (But) I always remember that it's the fantasy, the artistic side, that makes customers want to buy the straightforward black pants.
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Let me not forget the use of my own hands, that of a craftsman with eyes... that reflect the technology around me.
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It's good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It's DNA, it's in your blood.
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Life to me is a bit of a (Brothers) Grimm fairy tale.
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My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were thousands of [razor-clam] shells. They were so beautiful, I thought I had to do something with them. So, we decided to make [a dress] out of them. . . . The shells had outlived their usefulness on the beach, so we put them to another use on a dress. Then Erin [O’Conner] came out and trashed the dress, so their usefulness was over once again. Kind of like fashion, really.
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When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2,000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she's rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There's always spontaneity. You've got to allow for that in my shows.
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I'm not interested in being liked.
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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.
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I feel more Scottish than Norman.
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The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to fashion itself this millennium. 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.
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I think there is beauty in everything.
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I'm not big on women looking naive.
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Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive. 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.
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Animals fascinate me because you can find a force, an energy, a fear that also exists in sex.
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I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do before you can deconstruct them.
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You've got to know the rules to break them.
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I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
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I don’t want to do a cocktail party. I’d rather people left my shows and vomited.
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I was literally 3 years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life, through primary school, secondary school, all my life. I always, always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of twelve. I followed designer's careers. I knew Giorgio Armani was a window-dresser, Emanuel Ungaro was a tailor.
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I am a melancholy type of person.
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I'm interested in designing for posterity.
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I think I should be a president. President of the United States.
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There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game.
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