“No one discovered Alexander McQueen. Alexander McQueen discovered himself,” opens the trailer for McQueen, a new documentary about the legendary fashion designer.
Through recovered archives and exclusive interviews with close family and friends, the Ian Bonhôte-directed film aims to offer a personal look at Queen’s extraordinary life, career, and artistry.
At 27, McQueen, born Lee Alexander McQueen, became the chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001. The openly gay designer then went on to found the Alexander McQueen label, which is still highly regarded by celebrities and style mavens.
“I don’t want to do a show feeling like you just had Sunday lunch. I want you to feel repulsed or exhilarated,” the late artist says in the trailer for McQueen.
McQueen passed away on February 11, 2010, at the age of 40, due to suicide.
In one uneasy moment in the trailer, McQueen hints at his inner darkness: “I saw myself within the public eye as the gazelle. And the gazelle always got eaten.”
Bleecker Street releases McQueen in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on July 20.