Top 10 Most Iconic Alexander McQueen Dresses

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The iconic British designer, Alexander McQueen, tragically passed away in 2010. In tribute to his extraordinary talent, we have rounded up our top 10 dresses the eponymous fashion house has offered the fashion world.

Top 10 Alexander McQueen Dresses


10. Oyster Dress: Spring/Summer 2003

The ivory silk-organza, georgette, and chiffon dress is a masterpiece, fusing luxe textures and fabrics. The design really has an underwater aesthetic, with cascading tiers falling to the floor.


9. It’s Only A Game: Spring/Summer 2005

The dress and sash are made of lilac and silver brocade, while the silk jacket is embroidered with silver thread. The top nude section is also embroidered with silk thread – all of which makes for a vibrant finish.


8. The Girl Who Lived in the Tree: Autumn/Winter 2008-2009

Alexander McQueen collections are never short on drama, and this is ensemble no exception! The red coat is silk-satin and the embroidered  ivory dress is silk-chiffon with crystal beads.


7. The Horn of Plenty: Autumn/Winter 2009-2010

This dress was crafted from black duck feathers with an architectural approach to the silhouette. Granted, its not practical or something to be worn on the red carpet, but it demonstrates McQueen’s extraordinary showmanship and theatricality.


6. VOSS: Spring/Summer 2001

A dress constructed out of razor-clam shells which were stripped and varnished, this intricately crafted design showcases Alexander McQueen’s boldness and unbounded creativity.


5. Eshu: Autumn/Winter 2000-2001

This beautiful dress is made up of yellow glass beads blending down into thick brown horsehair – an amazing contrast of textures.


4. Widows of Culloden: Autumn/Winter 2006-2007

This dress taken from the A/W 06-07 collection is made from pheasant feathers which have been delicately layered and fixed into place. The outcome is a beautifully full and textured dress with varieties of colours.

AW 2006:7 pheasant feathers

3. Jellyfish: Spring/Summer 2010

A look that compromises of a dress, leggings, and “Armadillo” boots (that are themselves embroidered with iridescent enamel paillettes), makes up the Jellyfish by McQueen. A forward-thinking and futuristic look from the fashion house, that changes colour thanks to the light-refracting beads.


2. Sarabande: Spring/Summer 2007

This nude silk-organza embroidered dress with silk flowers is yet another theatrical and romantic creation from the designer. Not only are there appliquéd man made flowers, but fresh flowers were also used – a true work of art.

spring:summer 2007 Nude silk organza embroidered with silk flowers and fresh flowers

1. Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress: April 2011

Of course, the number 1 dress has to be that wedding dress worn by Kate Middleton back in 2011 at the royal wedding. The dress, designed by Sarah Burton, was decorated with delicate lace appliqué flowers and was handcrafted using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique. Being the most talked about dress of the year and representing a new era for the house of McQueen, this deserves to be ranked at No. 1!

Duchess of Cambridge wedding dress

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