Comparing and Contrasting Alexander Mcqueen and Christian Dior

1529 Words Dec 17th, 2010 7 Pages
mChristine Russo
Fashion Fundamentals
Final Paper

Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen

There are many designers in the fashion industry. Few make some kind of an impact on fashion but most designers rarely have any impact at all. It is truly a once in a generation that designer comes along and completely alters the fashion universe and becomes a legend. Two examples of fashion designers that are this rare are Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen. Christian Dior’s life span was before mine but his great impact on the fashion industry carries on today into my lifetime. Alexander McQueen, however is someone I have lived to see develop and become one of the greatest designers of all time. Although these two designers differ in
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He was named British Designer of the year four times throughout his career, the first being only two years after he met Isabella Blow. He was also appointed to follow in the footsteps of designer John Galliano and become creative director of Givenchy. Although this was a huge platform for McQueen, after working for Givenchy for 5 years he felt like designing there was constraining his individual creativity. He then joined the Gucci group and continued working in his own label. McQueen went on to create a global fashion empire. He, like Christian Dior, soon had a huge celebrity clientele. They differ because Christian Dior had more classic elegant stars wearing his looks while McQueen had more daring fashion forward people wearing his clothing. Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss became Alexander’s biggest fans and closest friends. Known for the emotional power and sometimes disturbing images, McQueen’s shows soon showed at Paris Fashion Week instead of London. Some of his shows include inspiration from mental asylums, Lord of The Flies, dark carnivals and post-apocalyptic predictions. He admits that his shows are his own living nightmares, and it’s apparent after seeing some of his dark looks. This is a major difference between Dior and McQueen. Dior drew inspiration from ladylike images like flowers and beautiful places, while McQueen found his inspiration

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