"This collection was a shout against English Designers...doing flamboyant Scottish clothes. My Father's family originates from the Isle of Skye, and I'd studied the history of the Scottish upheavals and the Clearances. People were so unintelligent they thought this was about women being raped - yet Highland Rape was about England's rape of Scotland."
"I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there's a certain hardness to the clothes that makes her look powerful. It kind of fends people off. It's almost like putting armor on a woman. It's a very psychological way of dressing."
"You've got to know the rules to break them. That's what I'm here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition."
After the show, I went to New Jersey to spend the night at my Mothers'. I shared my thoughts and feelings about the show with her and we both studied his astrology, he was a double Pisces, which is why he was so creative. I also shared some of the words that inspired me, this one was my Mother's favorite because she said it displayed his appreciation and understanding of life and death...
"It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle - everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things."
The show at the MET has been extended, so if you can try to see it, you will not regret it!
Michael J. Lee