- Marjorie van Elven |
American moviegoers will finally be able to watch Ian Bonhôte’s documentary about the British fashion designer Alexander McQueen: the film hits US movie theaters this Friday, July 20, almost two months after debuting in the UK.
Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, the documentary reveals some of McQueen’s intimate thoughts about his work, motivations and state of mind. The highly influential yet troubled designer worked as creative director for Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, before starting his successful eponymous label.
With a reputation for rebellion, McQueen was known as “l’enfant terrible” (“the terrible child”, in French) of the fashion world. Caged wolves, taxidermied animals, extremely high heels and panels showing the models’ derrières were just some of the unusual elements he added to his runway shows. McQueen’s suicide in 2010, just one week after his mother’s death, shocked the fashion industry.
FashionUnited watched the movie in April, when it premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Read our review in full here.