LACEWORK 101: Alexander McQueen's Spring-Summer 2020 Collection
Text by Manifesto | Photos courtesy of Alexander McQueen
At the studio fittings for spring-summer 2020 show
Lace work applied on cut-out sleeves and a pleated panel behind the jacket
Ivory guipure lace woven in Ireland by Thomas Ferguson
The result of the ivory guipure lace turns into a dress
Lacework is a craft that's a fixture at Alexander McQueen. This season, the British fashion house is tapping into this traditional know-how of ivory lace and Irish crocheting techniques. The ivory guipure lace used is inspired by the endangered flowers and features on cotton poplin shirting and black leather corseted dresses. They were woven in Ireland by Thomas Ferguson who is regarded as one of the finest damask linen weavers and is the owner of the last mill of its kind in his homeland that perfects table linen. This inclusion is especially important for Alexander McQueen's creative director Sarah Burton as she loves the idea of people taking time to make things together, meeting and talking, and reconnecting to the world. In a way, this season is an homage to real people and real craftsmanship.

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