As the fashion world honours Alexander McQueen with a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Kate Moss stars in Bazaar’sspecial double cover May issue. She wears both the ruffled organza dress in which she appeared as a hologram in the A/W 2006 Widows of Culloden show and then in an exquisite white gown from Sarah Burton’s first collection (check out our 2011 cover gallery linked below to see both covers which feature a special foil-blocking inspired by the precious metal palladium).
Any connection to the other royal wedding of the summer, though, is pure co-incidence. Says Bazaar’sLucy Yeomans, “When we shot the story we had no idea Sarah Burton would emerge as a front-runner for making ‘the other Kate’s’ wedding dress.”
Inside the magazine, Kate stars alongside fellow McQueen muses Daphne Guinness and Annabelle Neilson, all of whom wear the late designer’s unforgettable creations shot in a series of powerful and compelling images.
Neilson has penned a beautiful tribute to the designer while Kate and Daphne share their personal recollections as well. Says the rarely quoted Moss, “He gave women power, while letting them be fragile and vulnerable at the same time. People always used to say he was a misogynist, but it took me a while to realise that he was actually empowering women and not the other way around.”
She continues, “There’s never ever going to be anybody like him. His was the most exciting show to see ever, even if you weren’t there. I would hear about it on the phone and hear Lee and hear everyone. There was so much tension, but we had the best laughs. He was a dear friend of mine. I miss him terribly.”
Says Neilson, summing things up perfectly, “As Kate, Daphne and I were shooting this story, I started to think of all the wonderful and amazing team of people and friends he had in his life. They followed him willingly on his journey; his close friends who’ll always remember a larger-than-life, happy, brilliant times. At the worst of times and the best of times, there was only one Alexander McQueen.”
By Stephanie Hirschmiller
Image: Bazaar May 2011 cover stars model Kate Moss at Storm Model Management