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You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it a compliment.
– Alexander McQueen
I want to empower women.
Fame should be left to the film stars.
Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.
Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.
I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don’t want to see me.
It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.
Really, what I’m aiming for is world domination!
Of course I make mistakes. I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.
For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I’m getting there: I’ve found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.
I don’t want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.
Rap music’s been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn’t.
I feel more Scottish than Norman.
I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock shows, that’s how I got my first backers. But fashion’s a scary industry to be in, especially if you’ve not grown up with it.
I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life.
For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.
Nicey nicey just doesn’t do it for me.
I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don’t want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.
I am a melancholy type of person.
I’m mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.
Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.
You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don’t need to do that any more.
Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive. I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there’s no room for fault. But I don’t expect to turn things around all by myself. I’m not a saint.
I have been skiing since I was in school, but I’m not great. I am never going to break an Olympic record, I just want to go down the hills, on red or blue runs, but not… black.
The police need to come down to street level.
When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.
I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
I’m not big on women looking naive.
I am married to work.
There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company.