Collection Online
leather, metal, silk, polyvinyl chloride, wool, mohair, rubber
(a) 63.0 cm (centre back) 31.6 cm (waist, flat) (corset)
(b) 74.0 cm (centre back) (skirt)
(c) 31.3 cm (waist, flat) (shoe boot)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1996
© 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

Highland Rape was the collection that brought Alexander McQueen to international acclaim. Stemming from McQueen’s preoccupation with his Scottish heritage, Highland Rape referred to the Jacobite risings of the eighteenth century, highland clearances of the nineteenth century and, particularly, the mass slaughtering of the Scots at the Battle of Culloden. This green leather bodice, stamped with stylised Scottish thistles, embodies a piece of armour and a corset. McQueen’s reputation for fearless ‘razor sharp’ cutting comes to the fore in this skilfully engineered leather corset, its seams defiantly held together with metal studs.