Alexander McQueen: A/W 2006 The Widows of Culloden
In this collection he revisits his origins and the inspirations of one of his most famous shows; Highland Rape. Immaculate tailoring, birds on heads, rawness and sophistication. With a soundtrack from Schindler’s List the whole atmosphere breathed an intimate and secretive darkness, not quite as shocking as the rest of his shows. But what of course is most reminiscent of this show is the hologram finale of Kate Moss. The trick seems advanced but in fact it uses an old and simple idea called the Pepper’s Ghost, which involves only light and reflective glass. Simple or not, it vowed and moved a whole fashion world at the time.
John Henry Pepper, Pepper’s Ghost, 1862
Burberry, A/W 2011, Beijing