Work in Progress : Alexander McQueen Biopic set for the Silver Screen


Yes, you absolutely heard it right! Alexander McQueen’s life story will be soon hitting the silver screen. This isn’t the first time that someone will be directing a film about the designer. Louise Osmond directed a profile of the designer ” McQueen and I” which explored his life, specifically his relationship with his friend Isabella Blow. But of course, the announcement of this film comes amid peaked interest in the designer, who committed suicide in 2010

Andrew Haigh, director of Oscar nominated movie 45 years and Weekend is now developing biopic on mercurial talented designer Alexander McQueen. The biopic will be based on a script by playwright Chris Urch, author of Land of Our Fathers and The Rolling Stone While this new project will draw from Wilson’s book “Blood Beneath the skin”, it will also feature Urch’s own research on the creative visionary.

The film should be a great opportunity for McQueen’s life to be shared and celebrated his design legacy has definitely been celebrated, but his tragic circumstances of his death are often more talked about than the life he lead. Let’s just have a quick refresher on the London-born designer’s trajectory: He got his start as a tailor’s apprentice in Mayfair’s legendary Saville Row before going on to work and assist designers such as Romeo Gigli . Four years after McQueen graduated from Central Saint Martins, he replaced John Galliano as creative director at Givenchy, where he remained until 2001. It was the Gucci Group in 2000 that bought a majority share of his namesake label, allowing McQueen to expand the line.

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He was famous for his unconventional and theatrical fashion shows. Openly gay, McQueen’s growing fame and fortune also witnessed an increase in drug dependence as well as a slew of few failed relationships. The designer received 4 British Designer of the year awards and was given CFDA International award. He was also named a commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2013. More recently, Lady Gaga, a big fan of McQueen’s work, honoured him when she guest-edited V magazine. He committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40, nine days after his mother Joyce had died of cancer.

The designer commemorated with an incredibly well-attended exhibit in 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Alexander McQueen : Savage Beauty Alexander McQueen which was also the title of Met Ball’s theme and book that year; the exhibit traveled to the U.K.’s Victoria & Albert Museum in 2015

This film would surely be another strong addition to the Fashion film genre

[ Via : Theguardian ]