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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Excellent but mature docu on controversial fashion designer

Movie R 2018 111 minutes
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Even for those who aren't the most knowledgeable of haute couture, this documentary is an engaging and accessible portrait of the brilliant and provocative fashion designer. The textbook definition of the term "enfant terrible," Alexander McQueen is shown to be obsessively driven, incredibly hardworking, and fearless in using his art to confront his inner demons while revolutionizing fashion and the fashion industry. McQueen's own explanations of his aesthetic provide an incidental benefit for watching this documentary: It reveals fashion design and fashion shows to be legitimate artforms, especially for those confused as to the point and utility of models strutting up and down Parisian catwalks in clothing that would never be worn by, well, anyone who isn't an international fashion model.

The accessibility of McQueen is what makes this documentary so special. Dedicated followers of fashion will find it interesting, and for everyone else, it's the story of troubled genius, of a bon vivant, of a man who, perhaps unlikely, came up out of working-class roots to change fashion forever, of a rebel whose personal tragedies helped lead to an untimely death by suicide. McQueen is a thorough overview of the man's life and work, and its lasting influence to this day.

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