Thursday, February 11, 2010

What I Learned from Alexander McQueen

I learned late this morning that Alexander McQueen was found dead this morning in London. His life and work remains every bit imaginative and beautiful. With his mix of art and engineering, showmanship and craft; it all blows my mind.

So with that, what I've learned from his work.

Impossible is nothing.
At 40 years, he was able to accomplish what some can't in a lifetime. Starting with learning the fundamentals with the best, once in a lifetime opportunities happen pretty often, and he was ready. With a fearless work ethic and a real understanding of textiles as art, he dreamed it, then did it.

Trust your gut & hold on.
Fans and critics alike began to expect the unexpected from his collections. They were strange, exciting, different, and show-stopping. He had a visions and the intense courage to run with it, and the faith that it would all work out in the end. That fearlessness of artful innovation is something that positively inspires me.

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