Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, on April 22nd, Bleecker Street have released the official trailer of McQueen, a compelling new documentary looking at the extraordinary life and career of Alexander McQueen. Showing in the Picturehouse Central in London from June 8th, the film, directed by Ian Bonhôte and written by Peter Ettedgui, paints an authentic portrait of the legendary designer through exclusive interviews with his closest friends, collaborators, and family, footage of his most boundary-breaking fashions shows as well as arresting visuals and archive audio.
The 111-minute film spans the breadth of McQueen’s prolific career, from his fashion beginnings after graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1992 and his appointment at Givenchy in 1997 to the pinnacle of his oeuvre, such as his spring/summer 1999 show, when Shalom Harlow stepped out onto the catwalk in a strapless white dress, before being rotated slowly on a revolving circle as she was sprayed with paint by two robotic guns. The film also explores McQueen’s final years as a designer before his suicide in 2010.
A live panel will take place following the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, including his sister Janet McQueen and nephew Gary McQueen, friend and first assistant designer Sebastian Pons and Detmar Blow, the husband of McQueen’s mentor, the late Isabella Blow, who famously bought his entire graduation collection.
A voiceover in the trailer aptly states: “No one discovered Alexander McQueen, McQueen discovered himself.” Watch the McQueen trailer below: