Collection Online
Medium
wool, leather-covered buttons, rayon and silk lining
Measurements
114.0 cm (centre back) 76.0 cm (width)
Place/s of Execution
Italy
Inscription
label, centre back, impressed in silver metal tag attached to chain link: ALEXANDER / MCQUEEN.
label, centre back, woven in white on black: MADE IN ITALY
Accession Number
2014.4
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Yvonne Pettengell Bequest, 2014
© Alexander McQueen
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display

The Horn of Plenty collection’s highly structured shapes were inspired by the legacy of 1950s haute couture. In this Cape, Alexander McQueen appropriates Christian Dior’s trademark houndstooth check and exaggerates the scale of the motif. There is usually an edge in the best of McQueen’s work, and in this example the designer appears to be paying homage while simultaneously parodying traditional modes of elegance. In the runway presentation of this collection the models appeared to caricature post-war codes of feminine glamour, painting their faces white and wearing clown-like red lipstick.