Givenchy Couture by Alexander McQueen
/ Victoriana
"All of the decades of Victoria’s reign riot together on the dress racks and dance floors," Mildred Adams noted in Harper’s Bazar in 1931. In addition to gigot sleeves, there are many other revivals of Victorian-era styles.

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The inspiration for Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 1999 couture collection for Givenchy was The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, an 1833 painting by Paul Delaroche that depicts the 16th-century beheading of England’s “Nine Days’ Queen.” McQueen’s work was often characterized by dark, yet romantic historical references.

Givenchy Couture
(Alexander McQueen)
Silk crinkle chiffon, paint
Fall/Winter 1999, France
The Museum at FIT, 2011.23.1
Gift of Susan Gutfreund