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Alexander McQueen Sayings: These beautiful models were walking around in the room, and then suddenly this woman who These beautiful models were walking around in the room, and then suddenly this woman who wouldn't be considered beautiful was revealed. It was about trying to trap something that wasn't conventionally beautiful to show that beauty comes from within.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: If you're lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely If you're lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely original. It's not in the world - it's in your head. I think that is amazing.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn't.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: The reason I'm patriotic about Scotland is because I think it's been dealt a really The reason I'm patriotic about Scotland is because I think it's been dealt a really hard hand. It's marketed the world over as ... haggis ... bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: It's the ugly things I notice more, because other people tend to ignore the ugly It's the ugly things I notice more, because other people tend to ignore the ugly things.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Of course I make mistakes. I'm human. If I didn't make mistakes, I'd never learn. Of course I make mistakes. I'm human. If I didn't make mistakes, I'd never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don't need to do that any You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don't need to do that any more.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don't want to I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don't want to see me.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Really, what I'm aiming for is world domination! Really, what I'm aiming for is world domination!
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: The police need to come down to street level. The police need to come down to street level.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I'm interested in designing for posterity. I'm interested in designing for posterity.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through in my work. Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes ... That's mundane and it's old hat. Let's break down some barriers.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: If you ask any lady they want to be taller, they want to be slimmer, If you ask any lady they want to be taller, they want to be slimmer, you know, and they want a waist. I'm not here to make people look like a sack of potatoes.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I am constantly trying to reflect the way women are treated. It's hard to interpret I am constantly trying to reflect the way women are treated. It's hard to interpret that in clothes or in a show but there's always an underlying, sinister side to women's sexuality in my work because of the way I have seen women treated in my life. Where I come from, a woman met a man, had babies, moved to Dagenham, two up two down, made the dinner, went to bed. That was my image of women and I didn't want that. I wanted to get that out of my head.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it a compliment.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Sting's my ideal man, because he's a real man. Sting's my ideal man, because he's a real man.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Let me not forget the use of my own hands, that of a craftsman with Let me not forget the use of my own hands, that of a craftsman with eyes ... that reflect the technology around me.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were thousands of [razor-clam] shells. They were so beautiful, I thought I had to do something with them. So, we decided to make [a dress] out of them ... The shells had outlived their usefulness on the beach, so we put them to another use on a dress. Then Erin [O'Conner] came out and trashed the dress, so their usefulness was over once again. Kind of like fashion, really.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: You can get insular with fashion. You can get insular with fashion.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I feel more Scottish than Norman. I feel more Scottish than Norman.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life. I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I want to empower women. I want to empower women.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now - no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I've had good times; I've had bad times. I've had good times; I've had bad times.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: When Charles Darwin wrote The Origin Of The Species, no one could have known that When Charles Darwin wrote The Origin Of The Species, no one could have known that the ice cap would melt, that the waters would rise and that life on earth would have to evolve in order to live beneath the sea once more or perish. We came from water and now, with the help of stem cell technology and cloning, we must go back to it to survive.When the waters rise, humanity will go back to the place from whence it came.Make no mistake, this is not sci-fi, this is evolution
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I think I should be a president. President of the United States. I think I should be a president. President of the United States.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance. There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It's usually only the For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It's usually only the intellectual ones who understand what's going on in what I do.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I am a melancholy type of person. I am a melancholy type of person.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: There is no way back for me now, I'm going to take you on journeys There is no way back for me now, I'm going to take you on journeys you've never dreamed possible
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Having money hasn't changed me. If anything it's made my life worse. People come up Having money hasn't changed me. If anything it's made my life worse. People come up to you who knew you before you were famous and who didn't come up to you before. I'm a clever designer. I can do what the client wants. But I'm prepared to forget about money if it affects my creativity because, remember, I started off with nothing. And I can do that again.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment. Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: It's almost like putting armor on a woman. It's a very psychological way of dressing. It's almost like putting armor on a woman. It's a very psychological way of dressing.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: My relationships with producers or photographers - these are relationships that took years. My relationships with producers or photographers - these are relationships that took years.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I'm 40 now, but I want this to be a company that lives way beyond I'm 40 now, but I want this to be a company that lives way beyond me, and I believe that customers are more important to making that happen than press. When I'm dead, hopefully this house will still be going. On a spaceship. Hopping up and down above earth.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock shows, that's how I got my first backers. But fashion's a scary industry to be in, especially if you've not grown up with it.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do - but that part There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do - but that part is for me. It's my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There's a sadness to it, but there's romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way. Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: Animals fascinate me because you can find a force, an energy, a fear that also Animals fascinate me because you can find a force, an energy, a fear that also exists in sex.
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Alexander McQueen Sayings: I like the idea of infiltrating an area that is not really exposed to me I like the idea of infiltrating an area that is not really exposed to me or my work.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I'm about what goes through people's minds. The stuff that people don't want to admit I'm about what goes through people's minds. The stuff that people don't want to admit or face up to. The shows are about what's buried in people's psyches.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Fashions fade, style is eternal. - Yves Saint-LaurentThe most important thing to remember is that Fashions fade, style is eternal. - Yves Saint-LaurentThe most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you've got to have a good spirit on the inside. That's what's really going to make you look like you're ready to rock the world. - Alicia KeysIt's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to look at things.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: You can only go forward by making mistakes. I'm twenty-seven, not fifty-seven. I'm not Givenchy, You can only go forward by making mistakes. I'm twenty-seven, not fifty-seven. I'm not Givenchy, I'm Alexander McQueen.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I believe in that one-on-one sell. I don't really believe in flooding the market with I believe in that one-on-one sell. I don't really believe in flooding the market with loads of goods that don't mean much, and you lose your identity.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do before you can deconstruct them.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don't want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I'm not interested in being liked. I'm not interested in being liked.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Nicey nicey just doesn't do it for me. Nicey nicey just doesn't do it for me.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I don't want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style. I don't want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I'm the pink sheep in the family. I'm the pink sheep in the family.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: There is no better designer then nature There is no better designer then nature
Alexander McQueen Sayings: There's blood beneath every layer of skin. There's blood beneath every layer of skin.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: It's good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It's good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It's DNA, it's in your blood.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I was literally 3 years old when I started drawing. I did it all my I was literally 3 years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life, through primary school, secondary school, all my life. I always, always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of twelve. I followed designer's careers. I knew Giorgio Armani was a window-dresser, Emanuel Ungaro was a tailor.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I'm inspired by a feather Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I'm inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It's so elaborate. In fact I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil. I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on I never look at other people's work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: For me, what I do is an artistic expression which is channeled through me. Fashion For me, what I do is an artistic expression which is channeled through me. Fashion is just the medium.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Give me time and I'll give you a revolution. Give me time and I'll give you a revolution.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I can't get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it's just crass. I can't get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it's just crass.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I like things to be modern and still have a bit of tradition I like things to be modern and still have a bit of tradition
Alexander McQueen Sayings: When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you're an open book, there's no allure.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Fashion is self confident and fearless. Fashion is self confident and fearless.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I think there has to be an underlying sexuality. There has to be a perverseness I think there has to be an underlying sexuality. There has to be a perverseness to the clothes. There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance. It's like a Story of O. I am not big on women looking naive. There has to be a sinister aspect, whether it's melancholy of sadomasochist. I think everyone has a deep sexuality, and sometimes it's good to use a little of it-and sometimes a lot of it-like a masquerade.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive. I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there's no room for fault. But I don't expect to turn things around all by myself. I'm not a saint.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I'm mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back. I'm mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: British fashion is self confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating British fashion is self confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Menswear is about subtlety. It's about good style and good taste. Menswear is about subtlety. It's about good style and good taste.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: You've got to know the rules to break them. That's what I'm here for, to 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.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I think sometimes I might scare the editors, because they might feel they're getting old I think sometimes I might scare the editors, because they might feel they're getting old and they're not understanding it. The problem lies on their side of the fence, not mine. I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: It's not my vision when I cover a woman's face with a chador. I got It's not my vision when I cover a woman's face with a chador. I got the idea from a 'National Geographic' photo. I'm just showing their plight in the world.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: There is no better designer than nature. There is no better designer than nature.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there's a certain hardness to the clothes that 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.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: People don't want to see clothes, they want to see something that fuels the imagination People don't want to see clothes, they want to see something that fuels the imagination
Alexander McQueen Sayings: When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2,000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she's rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There's always spontaneity. You've got to allow for that in my shows.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I am married to work. I am married to work.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Some designers are so airy-fairy people can't connect with them. I hope people can relate Some designers are so airy-fairy people can't connect with them. I hope people can relate to me, to a normal person who just happens to be a fashion designer, that people can take me as they find me. It's not the designer's job to care about what people think. Whatever else I've done, I've never tried to be something that I'm not.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I have been skiing since I was in school, but I'm not great. I am I have been skiing since I was in school, but I'm not great. I am never going to break an Olympic record, I just want to go down the hills, on red or blue runs, but not ... black.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: There's beauty in anger, and anger for me is a passion. There's beauty in anger, and anger for me is a passion.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I am dead and gone people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I like the concept of dressing people. I used to not care whether people bought I like the concept of dressing people. I used to not care whether people bought the clothes or not, but I kind of like it now. I wouldn't label that commercialism; it's more like I do this work because I want people to wear it.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I hate it when people romanticize Scotland. I hate it when people romanticize Scotland.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I work with people I admire and respect. It's never because of who they are. I work with people I admire and respect. It's never because of who they are.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I'm not big on women looking naive. I'm not big on women looking naive.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I use things that people want to hide in their heads. War, religion, sex; things I use things that people want to hide in their heads. War, religion, sex; things we all think about, but don't bring to the forefront. But I do and I force them to watch it
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality. Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Fame should be left to the film stars. Fame should be left to the film stars.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I've always I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I've always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it's late.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to fashion itself this millennium. With the force of technology, instant images and global participation, fashion has developed from being a passion for a few to a fascination - and an entertainment - for everybody.
Alexander McQueen Sayings: Life to me is a bit of a (Brothers) Grimm fairy tale. Life to me is a bit of a (Brothers) Grimm fairy tale.