New documentary immortalizes ‘McQueen’

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A new documentary immortalizing designer Alexander McQueen and his journey has recently been publicly screened.

The highly-anticipated documentary titled, “McQueen,” has been receiving rave reviews as it tackled not just the glamorous side of his life, but the dark side as well. The designer committed suicide back in 2010.

“In a culture that idolizes celebrities and holds fame and fortune high on the aspirational totem pole, the notion that someone who’s reached those heights would choose to end it all is incomprehensible,” said therapist and academic Denise Fournier in a report.

The documentary combined archived video and new interviews to shed light on the late designer’s life. More than a hundred people were reportedly interviewed for this documentary.

“How did a taxi driver’s son from working-class London make the unlikely journey to the top of the fashion world, and what made him end it all at the height of his powers?” a Philippine-based newspaper reported, adding that “for filmmakers Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui, the two questions proved irresistible; their resulting documentary, ‘McQueen,’ opens this week.”

In a notable review, the New York Times described “McQueen” as “dazzling and divisive” as it “wisely drape the movie’s psychological insights (courtesy of a parade of friends, family and collaborators) around them.”

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, directors, Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui, said the documentary was not meant to be a fashion film, “but a movie about an extraordinary person.”

“One hundred percent; to make a good film…it’s all about the story. A lot of fashion films are done by fans or people who really like the world of fashion. We did it because we love McQueen’s rags-to-riches story and the fact he was a fashion outsider. We thought we could tell that story through his work,” Bonhote said, responding to a question on whether or not it was better that someone outside  the fashion industry had pushed for this documentary.

The New York Times added, “it’s a story begging to be transformed into a television series by Ryan Murphy — someone else who understands, as McQueen did, how to shape trauma into art.”