The Stages of Alexander McQueen: A/W 2007 In Memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem, 1962

This, what seems to be a partly neglected show by the critics, is one of my top favourite. Inspired by the witchcraft trial in Salem, where also relatives to Lee were hung, made him explore witchcraft and worship in general, leading to Paganism and the Ancient Egypt. He aimed to present the models as protective and fertile, as phantoms of once broken but altogether stronger victims.

The set is designed as a pagan worship ritual: a pentagram shaping lines aligned to the five different elements. The screens give a beautiful glimpse of these trapped phantoms looking down over us, first whispering then giving away a terrible cry. And with that, the show can begin.

Ancient Pagan artwork

Pagan worship ritual (skyclad)

Kanye West, Yeezus tour, 2013