McQueen Got By with a Little Help from His “Friends”

Alexander McQueen’s ability to create original, fresh and exciting runway looks each season is something we still find ourselves marveling at long after his unfortunate passing. Over his 19-year career, McQueen drew inspiration from various sources such as a 600-year-old elm tree in his backyard, Darwin’s theory of evolution and Joey Tribbiani. In a recent chat with, Sarah Burton, McQueen creative director, says that the late designer taught her to look for ideas everywhere.

“I remember him saying to me, ‘I watched “Friends” last night, did you see the shirt that Joey was wearing?’” Burton said. “But then, he would get a Van Eyck book out, so it was this kind of mad mix. There’s no snobbery to it. He had this way of making you look at everything for inspiration so you didn’t just go, ‘Ok, we’re doing Seventies’.”

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