In lieu of a particular inspiration or seasonal theme for Spring 2020, Sarah Burton wanted to convey a sense of community and togetherness. For the impactful Alexander McQueen show she presented in Paris, these values took form in dresses designed with help from the company's employees across different departments, including HR and security. Burton also tapped students from Central Saint Martins to assist, as well as farms and mills from Ireland and Northern England.
Additionally, she utilized plenty of upcycled fabrics including lace, organza, and tulle to design this collection, and recycled old patterns from past McQueen collections to create new, one-of-a-kind pieces. It was a powerful lesson on community-building, camaraderie, and sustainability. Here's everything you need to know about the collection.
Big Sleeves & Shoulders
Leg-of-mutton shoulders and sleeves with bubble and balloon-like shapes were big, bold, and dramatic.
Ornate white lace dresses, from one-shouldered frocks to fully covered gowns, were cinched at the waist with wide black belts.
Sensual details emerged on dresses with lace-up closures that run across the body, as well as a cropped jacket pieced together with a skirt.
Colorful botanical prints on white smocks were both painterly and abstract, and added a delicate flair to the tough exteriors.
Spiked Flower Dresses
A pair of pink and blue cocktail dresses were hand cut and spiked to resemble the opening of a dahlia flower.