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Lot #607
"Highland Rape" Black and Gold Dripping William Morris Print Dress AW 1995

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Estimate: $55000+
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Well-documented black and gold sleeveless sheath created from suit lining fabric printed by McQueen friend and print designer Simon Ungless at Central St Martins. The print is based on the woodcuts of William Morris deconstructed to emulate a dripping or melting effect. The fabric choice during this time period would have been based on the lowest cost options, which drove McQueen and his studio team to innovation, creating truly unique fabric effects and design. McQueen himself would have cut the patterns and assembled this garment. This dress was featured in "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2012 and its companion exhibition by the same name at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2015. This dress features an open back due to professional restoration prior to exhibiting in New York and London. This dress also appears on page 128 of the exhibition catalogue "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" photographed by Sølve Sundsbø. From The Alexander McQueen Archive of Ruti Danan.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #587 - Ended July 08, 2020