“He changed the silhouette of fashion,” said jeweler Shaun Leane about his friend and collaborator Alexander McQueen, “and I changed the silhouette of jewelry. We worked brilliantly together…We just wanted to create the new.”
Now, many years after McQueen’s death, those gleaming game-changers are going up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York, spanning 1996 to 2008. Intended buyers range from large museums to individual collectors.
Among 45 pieces in total, featured works include some of Leane’s most iconic, such as the skeleton corset, coiled corset, crown of thorns, pheasant-claw collar, and other stunners donned by the eccentric likes of Isabella Blow and Daphne Guinness.
Shaun Leane Archive Sale, December 4, 2017 (exhibition from Nov 30 to Dec 3), Sotheby’s New York
Silver Crown of Thorns Headpiece
Pheasant Claw and Tahitian Pearl Necklace
Pheasant Claw Earring
Silver Tusk Mouth-Piece
Pair of Disc Arm Pieces
Silver Bow Choker
Silver ‘Joan’ Headdress
‘Against the World’ White Gold and Diamond Evening Glove