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Why did Alexander McQueen use skulls?

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Why did Alexander McQueen use skulls?
Alexander McQueen used skulls as a symbol to bring his interest in mortality and the fragility of life to his work. The legendary British fashion designer used skulls (and bones) throughout his designs, including in his scarves, shoes, shirts and other items, starting with his 1992 graduate collection, which focused on Jack the Ripper and his victims.

The skull, of course, is a memento mori, a reminder of death. McQueen frequently juxtaposed the glamour of the catwalk with intimations of our coming doom. McQueen's skull scarf appeared in his Spring 2003 collection. Inspired by the 1986 Roland Joffé film 'The Mission,' the collection featured pirate looks and a shipwreck theme. The scarf soon became widely coveted among celebrities and tastemakers, and it was reproduced by counterfeiters worldwide. The designer's handbags are equally edgy and chic, and his skull-clasp Four-Ring Clutch and other clutches featuring skull motifs have become iconic McQueen accessories.

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Vintage Black & White Alexander McQueen Skull Print Scarf
By Alexander McQueen
Located in New York, NY
Vintage black and white skull print scarf by Alexander McQueen. 54" width, 52" length.
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Early 2000s European Scarves

ALEXANDER McQUEEN S/S 2003 Classic Yellow White Skull Print Silk Square Scarf
By Alexander McQueen
Located in Thiensville, WI
ALEXANDER McQUEEN S/S 2003 Classic Yellow White Skull Print Silk Square Scarf Circa: 2003 Brand
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Early 2000s Italian Scarves

Alexander McQueen Leather Skull Embroidered Slides
By Alexander McQueen
Located in London, GB
Alexander McQueen Leather Skull Embroidered Slides Blush pink wide strapped flats detailed with
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21st Century and Contemporary Clogs Mules

Alexander McQueen Grey Leather Skull Cardholder
By Alexander McQueen
Located in London, GB
corner with light scuffing to the trim on this used Alexander McQueen designer resale item. Details
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21st Century and Contemporary British Wallets and Small Accessories

Alexander McQueen Navy Skull Print Scarf
By Alexander McQueen
Located in London, GB
the weave on this used Alexander McQueen designer resale item. Details Navy Cotton Scarf Skull
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21st Century and Contemporary British Scarves

Alexander McQueen Silk Blush Skull Print Scarf
By Alexander McQueen
Located in Amman, JO
Alexander McQueen Silk Blush Skull Print Scarf. Material: 100% Silk Measurements: 102 x 114 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary British Scarves

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