In September 1998, the British clothier Alexander McQueen introduced his spring 1999 ladies’s put on assortment, a rumination on the connection between man and machine, in a former London bus depot. The Paralympic athlete and double amputee Aimee Mullins appeared within the present carrying a pair of intricately hand-carved ash legs designed by McQueen, who additionally paraded his signature bumsters and cutaway coats by means of the dimly lit warehouse. For the finale, the mannequin Shalom Harlow walked out in a papery muslin costume with a billowing underskirt of white tulle and a belted chest harness — after which stood on a revolving wood turntable, like a music field figurine, between two ominous-looking mechanical robots shipped in from an Italian automotive manufacturing facility. They engaged along with her in an eerie, menacing dance, after which started capturing paint at her, protecting her costume with black-and-neon yellow graffiti. Harlow, who educated as a ballet dancer in her youth, flailed her arms as she spun round. “And after they have been completed,” she later recalled, “they kind of receded and I walked, virtually staggered, as much as the viewers and splayed myself in entrance of them with full abandon and give up.” The efficiency — like “Excessive Moon” (1991), the Rebecca Horn set up that impressed it, of two rotating weapons capturing crimson liquid at one another — was provocative and operatic, precisely the form of spectacle that made McQueen’s reveals so exhilarating to observe.
For the model’s fall 2022 males’s put on assortment, the artistic director Sarah Burton nodded to this second with an ivory double-breasted jacket with peak lapels and pleated cigarette trousers lined in an identical poppy yellow-and-black spray-painted motif. The print was created by photographing an individual in movement, capturing a blurred define that was then engineered to wrap across the physique of the swimsuit earlier than being printed on viscose cady material. The completed design seems virtually like the results of a bomb blast — a becoming revival of an explosive coup de théâtre.
Photograph assistant: Nathaniel Jerome. Set assistant: Sam Salisbury