November 26, 2009 - 3 comments

Plato’s Atlantis ….Rambling on fashion

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(image of my favourite Alexander McQueen collection A/W 2008)

A week before leaving for Paris Fashion Week, I mentioned to  a friend that of all shows, that were  happening that week, there was one designer whose show I would dream of going to.

I have been going to Paris with my collection for 9 seasons and with other collections for just as many...but I have never experienced a 'big budget production'. 

Invitations are  EXTREMELY precious .

It was my luck or destiny, that for a third time, I had decided to go to The Vionnet exhibition to kill time before going to the airport. It was at the Musee des Arts Decoratif that I met a Fairy Godmother  who offered me a golden ticket for the McQueen show later that afternoon .... 

The rest is history; I changed my flight and started counting the hours for the show...

My fashion show experience, unfortunately,  has been  limited to horrifying visual laser effect, alcohol sponsored, (and my stomach turns inside out just writing the word)  'celebrity'  frequented events which I try to avoid by all means.

But it seems to be the standard here ...specially as most designers do not have backers like Arnault.

Sponsorship is required to cover the costs of a 'proper show'...but it is at a's soul I think...

To experience this magnificent production with the  absence of small talkers and photo craving personalities was a great insight on how  a show can be done without the nonsense.

As the word spread, many people asked me the same question...."who was there?"...probably expecting me to name drop the under aged, under talented youths that cover the their horror and my delight...the response was "Everyone"... and by that I meant anyone who SHOULD be there was there...(that is... except me...)...

I have nothing to compare the show with, really. I had only been to a wonderfully discreet Commes des Garcons private viewing in a Parisian courtyard  earlier. 

I truly believe McQueen is a master of his art, and although he may have detractors for his provocative presentations and his extreme accessories, his talent does shine through it all.

The lesson for me is that you can work your way around this industry without complying with what is expected.

 A true inspiration.


Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2010 Show

Published by: eilisboyle in Inspiration


November 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Eilis, you should take up writing seriously……………you do it very, very well.P.

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March 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

RIP Alexander McQueen.

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May 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

Creative design. Wish I was there at the fashion scene.

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