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Alexander McQueen’s AW17 Collection Channels the Spirit of Oscar Wilde

New York-based photographer Ethan James Green has captured the AW17 Collection for Alexander McQueen with a lookbook and video shot in a park, instead of the more usual catwalk display. And what a good choice; the rich peacock motifs and crisp white tailoring positively glow against the bleakness of a wintry park. The mood is sombre, as you might expect; Wilde’s life was troubled towards the end. Green is an appropriate choice for shooting the collection. He is already known for his monochrome portraits of New York’s trans and gender-queer communities.

A diverse group of elegant young men embody the stylistic eras in Wilde’s life. In London, it’s a dark tailored look. In Paris, gold and red and most poignantly the peacock motifs, taken from the room that was his final resting place in Paris. Hard not to connect the late McQueen to Wilde’s eventual fate, giving this collection added depth and significance. It’s beautiful and quintessentially British.

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Credits

Photography Ethan James Green

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