Givenchy by Alexander McQueen, Fall Winter 1999 Ready-to-Wear. Photographed by Thierry Orban.
Sarah Burton:‘I remember one collection - the prêt-à-porter autumn/winter 1999-2000 collection - which involved a model in a Perspex robotic body. The guy who made the robot told us ten minutes before the model walked out, “If she sweats in the suit, she’s going to electrocute herself. So tell her not to sweat”.
Eclect Dissect, Givenchy F/W 1997 Haute Couture by Alexander McQueen
For this show, McQueen’s art director Simon Costin imagined a fictional surgeon who traveled the world collecting exotic objects and women, whom he took apart and reassembled in his laboratory. The runway staged the return of these murdered women who came back to haunt the living. The models embodied their ghosts, dressed in unique garments of Scottish tartan, Spanish lace, kimonos, and Eastern folk dresses decorated with feathers and animals. McQueen acted like a surgeon with the collection, dissecting traditional clothing and reconstructing their forms to create a morbid aura.