The V&A has announced the five winners of its Savage Beauty competition, which asked UAL students to create an illustration inspired by the work of Alexander McQueen.
Of the students selected to have their work turned into open edition giclée prints, three are from Central Saint Martins. The prints will be available in the V&A shop.
Two of our winners – Amanda Yam and Joo Yeon Kim – are studying BA Fashion. Both drew their inspiration from McQueen’s Horn of Plenty Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.
Radical and mischievous
Amanda used acrylic paint and photoshop to create her piece. She says: “I liked the contrast of the couture influence in the silhouette and the graphical element of the Escher-inspired magpie print.”
Joo was keen to convey the volume and structure of the garment she portrayed. She explains: “I wanted to point out the silhouette and the prints on the fabric by drawing it simply, as if it were a sculpture without legs or face.”
BA Graphic Design’s Jonny Drewek created a playful take on McQueen’s ‘bumster’ jeans. Jonny says: “[McQueen] was a radical, mischievous guy, and I think he would’ve cringed at a poe-faced tribute.”