Bodice, Pants

Alexander McQueen for GivenchyAutumn/Winter 1999

The Kyoto Costume Institute

The Kyoto Costume Institute

This bodice was made by figuratively modeling a woman's torso. The smooth texture of the leather is evocative of the skin of a science fiction cyborg. This bodice is part of a collection introduced as homage to Stanley Kubrick(1928–1999), the movie director known for his "2001: A Space Odyssey." On the verge of entering of the 21st century, the designer expressed a futuristic image.
Alexander McQueen, who made his debut at London in 1993, was highly appreciated for his modern and avant-garde designs based on the tailoring skills he acquired at Savile Row. Since 1997 to 2001, he worked as a designer for Givenchy, one of the well-known Haute Couture fashion houses in Paris. After that he played an active role in fashion circles with his own brand. He passed away in 2010.

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  • Title: Bodice, Pants
  • Creator: Alexander McQueen
  • Fashion House: GIVENCHY COUTURE
  • Manufacturer: Givenchy
  • Date Created: Autumn/Winter 1999
  • Season: Haute Couture, Autumn / Winter 1999
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute
  • Medium: Red pressed leather-bodice; white leather pants.