Friday’s wedding of the century may turn out to be the end of a century of less than inspiring British fashion. With a short lived blip on the fashion radar during Diana’s reign and the Twiggyesque period of the 60’s, the London fashion scene has again been heating up with the engagement and Royal Wedding of Will and Kate. Kate’s gown alone has caused London’s fashion stock to dramatically rise. The wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton, head designer for Alexander McQueen, was nothing short of inspirational. Drawing on tradition and modernity with an artistic vision for British style and craftsmanship, the gown was a herald of what is to come in the fashion world.
Alexander McQueen has always been threatening the catwalks of Milan and his untimely death last year at the age of 40 was deeply felt by the industry. The brand continues most assuredly to carry the banner for British Isle style under McQueen’s former assistant now creative director, Sarah Burton. Opening tomorrow at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC is what has been described as a “powerful and moving retrospective” of McQueen’s work entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. It emphasizes the power, glory and majesty of fashion. It will send Italian fashionistas back to the drawing board looking for that Italian sense of sprezzatura to once again make the difficult and flawless task of Italian design appear to be without effort or thought, convincingly exquisite.