The McQueen Documentary

Yesterday, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, viewers were treated to the first showing of the new, highly anticipated documentary, ‘McQueen’. Directed and produced by the esteemed Ian Bonhôte and filmmaker Peter Ettedgui, the factual film focuses on the short life of the illustrious designer, Lee Alexander McQueen.

Known for his enchanting artistry, bold movements and theatrical runways, McQueen rose through the fashion industry, inspiring everyone around him. The documentary features behind the scene footage throughout McQueen’s honorary career, including home movies as well as interviews with some of the British designer’s closest friends and family. There are a range of snippets of his life that form the backbone of the documentary; from recordings of him playing with his dogs in his garden, to the first day him and his team drove to the Givenchy HQ.

From the brief teaser trailer released, we also see some of McQueen’s most talked about moments heavily pinpointed throughout the documentary, including both his SS99 and SS01 collections. Bonhôte commented, “The early shows, like his graduation collection, were very difficult to track down. But when we first saw the complete version of that show, we could barely contain our excitement—we suddenly realized that, even then, he had such a clear vision and unique voice.”

Although the documentary premiered last night at the TFF, ‘McQueen’ will have a wider debut on June 8th at London’s Picturehouse Central. There will also be a private viewing the night before and a live Q&A set to take place with his sister Janet McQueen, nephew Gary McQueen, friend and first assistant designer Sebastian Pons and Detmar Blow, the husband of McQueen’s famous, eccentric mentor, Isabella Blow. Tickets for the general public will range from £7.50 to around £13.50, depending on whether you are a member at the Picturehouse Central.

To outsiders, McQueen’s collections were a fantastical collage of a genius’s mind and thoughts, however this inspiring documentary reminds us all of the poignancy each collection had and how interconnected his clothes were to his personal narrative. See below to watch the full trailer.