You've got to know the rules to break them. That's what I'm here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.

— Alexander McQueen

The most successful Alexander McQueen quotes that are glad to read

I think there is beauty in everything.

What 'normal' people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.

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There comes a time in your life when you focus solely on what you believe is right, regardless of what everybody else is doing.

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For me, what I do is an artistic expression which is channeled through me.

Fashion is just the medium.

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Fashion is self confident and fearless.

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It is important to look at death because it is a part of life.

It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle - everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.

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I am an avid follower of the news, and sometimes you just can't take any more war, any more disasters, and you want to remind yourself there's beauty in the world. I wanted to show a more poetic side to my work. It was all about... a feeling of sadness, but in a cinematic kind of way. I find beauty in melancholy.

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Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women.

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It's almost like putting armor on a woman. It's a very psychological way of dressing.

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I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil.

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The reason I'm patriotic about Scotland is because I think it's been dealt a really hard hand. It's marketed the world over as . . . haggis . . . bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.

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If you're an open book, there's no allure.

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British fashion is self confident and fearless.

It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.

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About Alexander McQueen

Quotes 78 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Designer
Birthday October 16

Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual.

When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.

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When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there’s a certain hardness to the clothes that makes her look powerful. It kind of fends people off.

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Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality.

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It's the ugly things I notice more, because other people tend to ignore the ugly things.

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Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual.

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When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2,000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she's rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There's always spontaneity. You've got to allow for that in my shows.

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Let me not forget the use of my own hands, that of a craftsman with eyes.

.. that reflect the technology around me.

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Life to me is a bit of a (Brothers) Grimm fairy tale.

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The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to fashion itself this millennium. With the force of technology, instant images and global participation, fashion has developed from being a passion for a few to a fascination - and an entertainment - for everybody.

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I don’t want to do a cocktail party. I’d rather people left my shows and vomited.

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I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era.

I think of people I want to dress when I design.

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Really, what I'm aiming for is world domination!

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I'm mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.

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I'm 40 now, but I want this to be a company that lives way beyond me, and I believe that customers are more important to making that happen than press. When I'm dead, hopefully this house will still be going. On a spaceship. Hopping up and down above earth.

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I believe in that one-on-one sell. I don't really believe in flooding the market with loads of goods that don't mean much, and you lose your identity.

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I think sometimes I might scare the editors, because they might feel they're getting old and they're not understanding it. The problem lies on their side of the fence, not mine. I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era.

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You can only go forward by making mistakes.

I'm twenty-seven, not fifty-seven. I'm not Givenchy, I'm Alexander McQueen.

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What I do is look at ancient African tribes, and the way they dress.

The rituals of how they dress. . . . There's a lot of tribalism in the collections.

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I'm the pink sheep in the family.

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I'm about what goes through people's minds.

The stuff that people don't want to admit or face up to. The shows are about what's buried in people's psyches.

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You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don't need to do that any more.

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These beautiful models were walking around in the room, and then suddenly this woman who wouldn’t be considered beautiful was revealed. It was about trying to trap something that wasn’t conventionally beautiful to show that beauty comes from within.

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Some designers are so airy-fairy people can't connect with them.

I hope people can relate to me, to a normal person who just happens to be a fashion designer, that people can take me as they find me. It's not the designer's job to care about what people think. Whatever else I've done, I've never tried to be something that I'm not.

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Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive.

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I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through in my work. Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes. . . . That’s mundane and it’s old hat. Let’s break down some barriers.

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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.

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If you're lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely original. It's not in the world - it's in your head. I think that is amazing.

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You've got to know the rules to break them.

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There is no better designer then nature

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You can get insular with fashion.

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I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don't want to see me.

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I think there is beauty in everything.

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I used flowers because they die. My mood was darkly romantic at the time.

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The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today

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I am married to work.

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I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now - no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.

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Having money hasn't changed me. If anything it's made my life worse. People come up to you who knew you before you were famous and who didn't come up to you before. I'm a clever designer. I can do what the client wants. But I'm prepared to forget about money if it affects my creativity because, remember, I started off with nothing. And I can do that again.

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