Clammed Up

McQ.1103a–d.L


SL.15.2011.9.35a, d_mcq.1103.AV1

Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week, the clam dress. This was made years ago by the late designer Alexander McQueen. I thought his death was tragic and untimely, but his creativity and ability to think outside of the box will inspire me for the rest of my life. I love how he was just walking with a friend along the beach and decided that the empty clam shells needed to be repurposed into a couture gown. Love that mind! You are missed!

In McQueen’s Words

“My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were thousands of [razor-clam] shells. They were so beautiful, I thought I had to do something with them. So, we decided to make [a dress] out of them. . . . The shells had outlived their usefulness on the beach, so we put them to another use on a dress. Then Erin [O’Conner] came out and trashed the dress, so their usefulness was over once again. Kind of like fashion, really.”

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010)
Dress
VOSS, spring/summer 2001
Razor-clam shells stripped and varnished
Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

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