Alexander McQueen Quotes

 

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.

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.

— Alexander McQueen

Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.

— Alexander McQueen

I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

There has to be a balance between your mental satisfaction and the financial needs of your company.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

I don’t want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.

— Alexander McQueen

I am a melancholy type of person.

— Alexander McQueen

I just want to be a wallflower. Nondescript. Just not anything. I don’t want to see me.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.

— Alexander McQueen

Sting’s my ideal man, because he’s a real man.

— Alexander McQueen

I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

I’m not interested in being liked.

— Alexander McQueen

I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.

— Alexander McQueen

I want to empower women.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

I am married to work.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

I’ve had good times; I’ve had bad times.

— Alexander McQueen

Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.

— Alexander McQueen

I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

Rap music’s been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn’t.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

You find a lot of ideas from my shows in adverts now. I find it a compliment.

— Alexander McQueen

Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and good taste.

— Alexander McQueen

Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.

— Alexander McQueen

Fame should be left to the film stars.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

I think I should be a president. President of the United States.

— Alexander McQueen

Nicey nicey just doesn’t do it for me.

— Alexander McQueen

I feel more Scottish than Norman.

— Alexander McQueen

The police need to come down to street level.

— Alexander McQueen

I was three years old when I started drawing. I did it all my life.

— Alexander McQueen

I always wanted to be a designer. I read books on fashion from the age of 12.

— Alexander McQueen

My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years.

— Alexander McQueen

I like the idea of infiltrating an area that is not really exposed to me or my work.

— Alexander McQueen

Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.

— Alexander McQueen

You can get insular with fashion.

— Alexander McQueen

It’s good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It’s DNA, it’s in your blood.

— Alexander McQueen

It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

You can only go forward by making mistakes.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.

— Alexander McQueen

I hate it when people romanticize Scotland.

— Alexander McQueen

I’m not big on women looking naive.

— Alexander McQueen

There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.

— Alexander McQueen

You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don’t need to do that any more.

— Alexander McQueen

I’m mad in the front of my mind, but business-minded in the back.

— Alexander McQueen

Really, what I’m aiming for is world domination!

— Alexander McQueen

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.

— Alexander McQueen

I’m interested in designing for posterity.

— Alexander McQueen

I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.

— Alexander McQueen

There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game.

— Alexander McQueen

I can’t get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it’s just crass.

— Alexander McQueen

I work with people I admire and respect. It’s never because of who they are.

— Alexander McQueen

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