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New Documentary Explores Life of Late Designer Alexander McQueen

New Documentary Explores Life of Late Designer Alexander McQueen

WDCB's Gary Zidek reviews the new documentary, MCQUEEN.

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All the superlatives used to describe Alexander McQueen (and there are a lot) feel genuine.  The late fashion designer was visionary, ground-breaking and a provocateur.  The new documentary, MCQUEEN, paints  a comprehensive portrait of a complex figure. 

 Alexander McQueen pinning one of his dresses early in his career

Alexander McQueen pinning one of his dresses early in his career

McQueen works as a documentary so well for a few reasons, first, McQueen's rise to the top of the fashion world is truly rags to riches.

 Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker

Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker

Second, the visuals of McQueen's designs and runway shows are a near-perfect mix of dramatic and extravagance.

 An image from McQueen's famous 1999 Spring collection show

An image from McQueen's famous 1999 Spring collection show

 Alexander McQueen 1999

Alexander McQueen 1999

MCQUEEN also offers some insight into the designer's relationship with his family and friends.  Though, there are some gaps when looking back at certain aspects of his life.

 Alexander McQueen and his mom

Alexander McQueen and his mom

Viewers who are interested in fashion or familiar with McQueen will likely enjoy this film more than others. But Gary thinks McQueen, the person, is so intriguing, that his story has the potential to transcend traditional genre boundaries.

Gary recommends MCQUEEN with 3 out 4 stars ***

 Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

MCQUEEN is currently playing in select theaters nationwide.  It opened in Chicago on Friday, 8/03.

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