Tuesday, May 3, 2011

In a kingdom by the sea, there lived a man you may know, by the name of Alexander Lee

The exhibit, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is beyond beautiful.  It is a cabinet of curiosities, quite literally.  It is a journey to lands near and far, places dark and light.  

One of Alexander McQueen's favorite poems according to his friend Annabelle Neilson was Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee:
It was many and many a year ago, 
In a kingdom by the sea, 
That a maiden there lived whom you may know 
By the name of Annabel Lee; 
And this maiden she lived with no other thought 
Than to love and be loved by me.

Alexander McQueen Oyster Dress Spring/Summer 2003

I was a child and she was a child, 
In this kingdom by the sea; 
But we loved with a love that was more than love - 
I and my Annabel Lee; 
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven 
Coveted her and me. 
And this was the reason that, long ago, 
In this kingdom by the sea, 
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling 
My beautiful Annabel Lee; 
So that her highborn kinsman came 
And bore her away from me, 
To shut her up in a sepulcher 
In this kingdom by the sea. 
The angels, not half so happy in heaven, 
Went envying her and me 
Yes! that was the reason 
(as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea) 
That the wind came out of the cloud by night, 
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

1997 Alexander McQueen la Poupée collection

But our love was stronger by far than the love 
Of those who were older than we 
Of many far wiser than we 
And neither the angels in heaven above, 
Nor the demons down under the sea, 
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul 
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. 
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams 
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; 
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes 
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; 
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side 
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride, 
In the sepulcher there by the sea, 
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

I am proud, excited and honored to be able to offer this extremely rare runway dress from Alexander McQueen's 1997 La Poupée collection when the models stormed the watery runway, 'In a kingdom by the sea...'

1997 ALexander McQueen La Poupée Collection Dress.


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