Alexander McQueen in Rare, Raw Early Interviews

Suddenly there’s plenty of Alexander McQueen to go around. With the opening of Savage Beauty at the V&A in London, SHOWstudio has been uploading Unseen McQueen, an exhaustive series of video interviews with the designer and his cohorts that, going by the title, haven’t been seen before. 


Most intriguing is an 83-minute interview between McQueen and SHOWstudio’s Nick Knight, commissioned by i-D in 2000, shortly before his Angel installation that saw 80 gallons of live maggots arranged in the shape of an angel’s face. While the complete audio has been recovered, only part of the footage survives, making for fittingly ghostly apparitions of the two. McQueen elucidates his creative process, the difficulties of working with LVMH (he was wrapping up his Givenchy stint around this time), and how, if he “explained the things in his head, it would shock people”…