Alexander McQueen FW19: There’s something otherworldly going on here and something profoundly democratic

In a season in which a certain dark romance has taken hold—mostly in some combination of menswear gestures and fractured, thorny rose prints—Sarah Burton’s Fall 2019 show this evening for Alexander McQueen was exquisitely realized, peerless, and definitive.

The silver heddle embroidered dress is inspired by the heddle of a loom and constructed with laser-cut metal heddle sequins and bugle beads.

 Sarah Burton has pieced together dresses from remnants and scraps and made embellishments out of industrial materials. And right now, when we need to buy less and buy better (which is the only way to change from a culture of waste to one of value), she has made thoughtful, soulful, beautifully rendered garments that speak volumes about where we have come from and where we are headed. It doesn’t get better than that.

In detail: embroidery inspired by machinery and found treasures using a mix of glass stones, faceted beads and tiny silver chains.