• Lee and Tinks: The fairytale as muse in the works of Alexander McQueen

Richards, Jennifer, 2021, Conference or Workshop, Lee and Tinks: The fairytale as muse in the works of Alexander McQueen at ‘Ill met by moonlight’: Gothic encounters with enchantment and the Faerie realm in literature and culture, University of Hertfordshire, UK, 8-11 Apr 2021.

Abstract or Description:

“Life to me is a bit of a Brothers Grimm fairytale” Alexander McQueen

For Alexander McQueen, Annabelle Neilsen was both a model and a muse. Known as “Tinks” after the mischievous fairy in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan (1904), she was introduced to McQueen by their mutual friend Isabella Blow, in 1993. The pair quickly became friends and Neilsen would become McQueen’s inspiration for many of his collections over the next 18 years. Neilsen’s huge impact can be felt through McQueen’s early work to his collections at Givenchy and beyond. She also served as an influence on what would be his final collection, Angels and Demons in 2010.

Throughout his work, McQueen celebrated the notion of the powerful woman, often choosing to locate his collections around the empowerment of women and also through his sense of high drama and theatricality. Intertwined with this, was his love of storytelling and myth.

Often drawing on folklore and the faery realm, he also created his own fairytales, such as his 2008 collection titled “The Girl Who Lived in a Tree”. Neilsen produced a manuscript to accompany the collection ‘based around a magical girl who travelled like his shows to the end of the world’ and it was on this fairytale that the show was based.
Exploring elements such as mythical creatures and warrior princesses, McQueen created his own elaborate fairytales. This paper will therefore examine the impact of Neilsen’s collaborations with McQueen and how she served as an inspiration within his collections.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2021 14:09
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 14:09
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4817
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