Stunning Alexander McQueen film reveals never-before-seen footage

A new trailer for the upcoming Alexander McQueen film has dropped – and it’s incredible.

McQueen, which comes out in cinemas on June 8, will feature never-seen-before home movies, as well as audio and behind-the-scenes clips.

And the trailer promises an in-depth look into the life and death of the gay working-class boy from East London who became one of the most iconic fashion designers in the world.


The one-man force of nature behind the pop culture tidal wave that was Cool Britannia will be placed under the microscope, as interviews with family, friends and collaborators are revealed to the world.

The documentary will tell the story of a child who had no links to the rag trade, but opted to start working aged 16 for Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard.

In the early 1990s, McQueen began studying fashion at Central St Martins School of Art and was championed by stylist and muse Isabella Blow, before launching his own label in 1992.


Throughout the 1990s, he earned the label of ‘enfant terrible’ for his designs, a moniker he is said to have loathed.

His most infamous designs included blood-splattered clothes and trousers made to show off the buttocks, while he once used disabled model Aimee Mullins in a show, sending her striding down the catwalk on intricately carved wooden legs.

One fashion journalist described him as having “raped and pillaged our finer feelings with his extreme sensibility… we loved him for it.”


In recent years, McQueen’s reputation as a rebel subsided, with many in the establishment accepting his work with respect and admiration.

Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and gay icon Lady Gaga flocked to him for dresses, and while he lost the extreme shock element of his work, he continued to surprise and intrigue critics with his love of colour and unusual silhouettes.

The designer was also known for his theatrical shows, using background films, snow storms and unusual props such as robots.


Along with praise from the world’s fashion press, McQueen also scooped the British Designer of the Year award four times between 1996 and 2003 and was awarded a CBE.

Those behind the film have said that it replicates the “savage beauty, maverick originality and vivacity” of McQueen’s designs – and it looks like they’re right.

The documentary follows other LGBT films in dropping this year, including Love, Simonwhich prompted one mother to tearfully accept her bisexual daughter – and Rafiki, a Kenyan film about two lesbians.

Watch the engrossing trailer here: