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Zoom Hardcover Notebook - McQueen Exhibition, Gold Feathers
Zoom Hardcover Notebook - McQueen Exhibition, Gold Feathers

Hardcover Notebook - McQueen Exhibition, Gold Feathers



This hardcover notebook, featuring backstage imagery from Alexander McQueen’s The Widows of Culloden Autumn/Winter 2006–07 runway show, has been made exclusively for NGV design store in celebration of the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse.


Dimensions: 13cm W x 18cm H
224 blank pages
Exposed spine binding with black thread
Made in Melbourne and exclusive to NGV design store

About the artwork

The Widows of Culloden acknowledges McQueen’s Scottish ancestry and condemns Britain’s violent colonial history, particularly the brutal 1746 Battle of Culloden, where British troops defeated the Jacobite army, later storming villages and burning buildings housing the wounded. Reprising themes at the heart of his controversial Highland Rape collection from eleven years prior, autumn–winter 1995–96, McQueen’s The Widows of Culloden collection memorialises Highlander widows left behind.

The historical and romantic silhouettes and refined construction that characterise the collection draws upon traditional MacQueen tartan and Scotland’s natural landscape. An expertly draped green jersey dress recalls the colour of the moors; heavy wool tweed evokes gamekeeping traditions. McQueen’s use of plaid references its application in support of the Jacobite cause prior to the Battle of Culloden, reclaiming tartan not as a trophy of British conquest but as a symbol of Scottish identity. Through an intimate examination of melancholy, The Widows of Culloden also finds the beauty therein.

Alexander McQueen
Look 33, from The Widows of Culloden collection, autumn–winter 2006–07
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, 3 March 2006
© Alexander McQueen.
Photo © Robert Fairer.

Hardcover Notebook - McQueen Exhibition, Gold Feathers



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