Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen Spring 2020
It is such a revelation what Sarah Burton created with this collection:
She got together her entire staff to hand-embroider two of the dresses
Central St. Martin students had hand-drawn one of the sketches that the team was embroidering
She upcycled fabrics from prior seasons, as well as reinvented old patterns from the house’s history
She worked with linen from Northern Ireland and made from flax grown at a female-owned farm
She created damask from the only remaining linen weaver in Ireland
The first dress that came down the runway was bleached by laying out in the sun
For the last outfit she used beetled lined from the last remaining beetler in Ireland (linen is covered in potato starch and then pounded)
I love that beyond focusing on sustainability, she also focused on another crucial aspect we are in the process of losing: community.
And in addition to all this, this collection is one of the most beautiful of the past few years. Poetic, but at the same time grounded and strong.