I HEARD THE SOUND OF A THUNDER

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These stills are taken from backstage video footage of preparation for Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1998 fashion show, filmed by renowned set designer Simon Costin, who collaborated with McQueen throughout his career. For this show, originally titled The Golden Shower, the models paraded on a clear Perspex water filled catwalk that turned black during the show. For the finale the models, dressed in all white designs, were drenched in a downpour that caused their black eye make-up to run down their cheeks and their clothes to cling to their bodies. This footage shows McQueen’s stylist and long-time collaborator Katy England road testing the designer’s heels, walking on sheets of the proposed wet Perspex and also through the rain shower.

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The film is part of Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalks exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Princes Street, London College of Fashion, London, W1. Until 13th December 2014.

Below are a selection of pages from my notebooks featuring sketches of Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1998 collection with annotations that include ‘lightening/thunder/rain effects’, ‘ink turning water black’ and ‘rain soak.’

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