Sarah Burton created a local, repurposed, conscious, artisanal Alexander McQueen Spring 2020 RTW collection, using recycled and reinvented old patterns from both her and Alexander McQueen’s history.
“Each look tells its own story. The connection between the clothes is the time it took to make them. I was interested in clarity and paring things down, in the essence of garments – stripping back to the toile. I love the idea of people having the time to make things together, the time to meet and talk together, the time to reconnect with the world.”
Every piece was purposeful and important: a black evening suit with a slashed jacket to create a new spin on tails, with a lace-trimmed shirt elegantly spilling out.
The collection featured a simple day dress in black beetled linen with a pin-tucked bodice and exuberantly puffed sleeves and a tiny strapless frock in hand-pleated, hand-cut pale blue organza meant to resemble a flax flower. An ivory sweaterdress with a tiered skirt and sleeves knit was so fine as to resemble tulle and a trench in raw linen and black wool with a flirtatious backside. There was a slashed knit frock in navy for a hot date, and a draped number in ivory crochet for an even hotter one.
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