Paris Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen explores Plato’s Atlantis

October 8, 2009
By Sheryl Blasnik

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In a world of sea urchins and underwater creatures, Alexander McQueen brought us to Plato’s Atlantis for his Paris S/S 2010 fashion show.   An LED screen showing Nick Knight’s pre-made video footage of moving snakes created the backdrop while the runway was illuminated by video cameras.  There was a sea of molded dresses with prints based on reptiles and the great barrier reef, each digitally mastered moving from browns to aqua and blue.  He also showed some tailored grey coats adding some darkness to the feel of the collection.  The shoes were an exercise in balance with killer heels made of sequins, shells and animal skins.

McQueen wrote in his show notes:

“When Charles Darwin wrote ‘The Origin of Species”, no one could have known that the ice cap would melt, that the waters would rise and that life on Earth would have to evolve in order to live beneath the sea once more or perish”

Was McQueen trying to deliver a message of social consciousness and environmental awareness?  Were his Darwinian theatrics intended to shed light on the metamorphosis of planet earth?  Let us hope he continues to map out his futuristic take on fashion.

To watch Plato’s Atlantis click here

Sheryl Blasnik

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