A new film about the life of Lewisham-born fashion icon Alexander McQueen is in the offing it has been reported, with the maker of Oscar-nominated drama 45 Years attached.
The movie will chart the rise of the taxi driver’s son from his first forays in fashion as an awkward tailor’s assistant in Savile Row to one of the leading lights of haute couture, until drugs and depression triggered his suicide at the age of 40.
McQueen’s work was high art, marked by self-confessed “freaky shows” that were full of the darkness that surrounded him. From his use of cuffed and gagged models to his wilfully provocative Highland Rape show however, he made fashion seem not only dangerous and disturbing but important too (check out his dramatic use of fire and factory robots here).
Attached to the film already are Andrew Haigh, the director of Oscar-nominated film 45 Years and Lady In The Van producer Damian Jones. Also involved is writer Chris Urch whose play The Rolling Stone is currently getting rave reviews. Urch will partly adapt the biography Blood Beneath The Skin by Andrew Wilson, along with other material.
A recent West End play also made potent drama of the highs and lows of McQueen’s short yet brilliant career, while the documentary McQueen And I profiled his tempestuous relationship with fashionista, sponsor and sometimes muse, Isabella Blow.