Some couture collections have everything including the kitchen sink! Everything gets thrown on to make it look expensive. I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there’s no room for fault. But I don’t expect to turn things around all by myself. I’m not a saint.
Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.
I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.
It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.
There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company.
For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I’m getting there: I’ve found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.
I don’t want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.
I am a melancholy type of person.
I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don’t want to see me.
When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you’re an open book, there’s no allure.
I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don’t want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.
I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.
Sting’s my ideal man, because he’s a real man.
I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
British fashion is self confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.
I’m not interested in being liked.
I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.
I want to empower women.
As a designer, you’ve always got to push yourself forward; you’ve always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That’s what I do.
I am married to work.
Of course I make mistakes. I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.
I’ve had good times; I’ve had bad times.
Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.
I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.
Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.
Rap music’s been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn’t.
I have been skiing since I was in school, but I’m not great. I am never going to break an Olympic record, I just want to go down the hills, on red or blue runs, but not… black.
For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.
You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it a compliment.
Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.
Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.
Fame should be left to the film stars.
I was never a big networker, but I was a spin doctor, all those shock shows, that’s how I got my first backers. But fashion’s a scary industry to be in, especially if you’ve not grown up with it.
I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late.
I think I should be a president. President of the United States.
Nicey nicey just doesn’t do it for me.
I feel more Scottish than Norman.
The police need to come down to street level.
I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life.
I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.
My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years.
I like the idea of infiltrating an area that is not really exposed to me or my work.
Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.
You can get insular with fashion.
It’s good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It’s DNA, it’s in your blood.
It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.
I find it grotesque when clothes hit you in the face and there’s no room for fault. But I don’t expect to turn things around all by myself. I’m not a saint.
You can only go forward by making mistakes.
It’s not my vision when I cover a woman’s face with a chador. I got the idea from a ‘National Geographic’ photo. I’m just showing their plight in the world.
The turnover of fashion is just so quick and so throwaway, and I think that is a big part of the problem. There is no longevity.
When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.
I hate it when people romanticize Scotland.
I’m not big on women looking naive.
There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.
You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don’t need to do that any more.
I’m mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.
Really, what I’m aiming for is world domination!
I like the concept of dressing people. I used to not care whether people bought the clothes or not, but I kind of like it now. I wouldn’t label that commercialism; it’s more like I do this work because I want people to wear it.
I’m interested in designing for posterity.
I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.
There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game.
I can’t get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it’s just crass.
I work with people I admire and respect. It’s never because of who they are.