This handbag is a design by the late Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). McQueen was one of the prominent and most pioneering fashion designers of his time, and this bag is from the same year he was appointed commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. The handbag is covered with blue and black feathers, and its round plastic handle is attached to the bag with strings of plastic beads.
Icon Bags in Bloom: Alexander McQueen
This bag with blue and black feathers is a typical McQueen bag. You admire this design by the popular fashion designer in the exhibition Bags in Bloom.
It is a typical McQueen design, not least due to its surprising use of materials. The designer, who left school at sixteen to apprentice on Savile Row, London’s most famous street of tailors, regularly used feathers in his designs.
Interested in birds and nature from a young age- he was a member of a bird-watching club- he used their plumage in his theatrical, exuberant, and macabre designs. He told Numéro magazine in December 2007 that “I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feather, but also its colour, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It is so elaborate. In fact, I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to a woman.”
Bags in Bloom is a sketch, a floral framework that brings together this seventeenth-century canal house built during the heyday of the floral still life, and an artistic selection of over a hundred bags. All of the bags on display, with their lifelike colours and astonishing details, are part of the museum’s own collection.
The exhibition Bags in Bloom is on display from 19 April until 31 August 2019.