One of the reasons I love fashion illustration is because, through drawing designs, I can fully appreciate the level of skill and artistry that goes into fashion pieces from the inspiration stage right through the making. Through drawing, I can see the construction more clearly, and one designer who never disappointed was Alexander McQueen.
I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
– Alexander McQueen
Though I think that Sarah Burton has continued his legacy admirably, McQueen really could make women look extremely powerful and with a dark sexuality which was unique to him. It was definitely a muse and a theme for him throughout his work, as shown in the quote above and in this ensemble from his Horn of Plenty collection from A/W 2009.
Although the palette is black with silver accents, the different textures and the complicated strap work was something I really wanted to focus on, not just the amazing silhouette. To make sure that the individual aspects of the outfit were differentiated while retaining the same monochrome palette and overall effect, I used two types of black ink; one is a matte and densely noir Japanese ink, and one which is more complex tonally and contains gold flecks.
I particularly love the sheen of white ink on the black to emulate leather as well as hints at the almost corset-like construction around the waist. The background diluted colour shows the pink and blue tones as well as the gold flecks in the ink that makes it so special. It might taken a while to finish but I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s such a formidable look.