Fashion is art. Disagree and I would politely direct you to the runway shows of Lee Alexander McQueen, whose work alone validates fashion as an art form. I mean, not many designers can illuminate your own humanity, but McQueen’s work, aesthetically pleasing though it may have been, stared unflinchingly at the Id. Cerebral, ambitiously realized and absolutely, unshakably possessed by that unnamed other, McQueen’s work represents the creative apex of modern fashion, and, indeed, art.
It goes without saying that when the designer committed suicide earlier this year, the fashion world lost one of it’s true visionaries. And at 11am yesterday morning, the fashion world paid tribute to one of its brightest stars at a somber memorial service held in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Reports Vogue UK: “Addresses were given by Anna Wintour, Shaun Leane (who described their relationship as like that of Bill Sykes and the Artful Dodger), Suzy Menkes and Annabelle Nielson, while Jonathan Akeroyd – ceo of Alexander McQueen – and Philip Treacy contributed to the prayers. Bjork, dressed as an angel, gave a poignant and outstanding performance of Gloomy Sunday.”
Aside from the aforementioned and McQueen’s closest family and friends, supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell as well as designer Stella McCartney and actress Sarah Jessica Parker were also in attendance.