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.
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.’