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Happy Birthday, McQueen! Re-Discover The Designer's Amazing Last Runway Show, Plato's Atlantis

McQueen armadillo collection

In October 2009, just a few months before his death, Lee McQueen delivered one of his most ambitious collections ever.
 

Born on March 17, 1969, Lee Alexander McQueen was one of the most influential and revered fashion designers of his generation.

Before his shocking suicide on February 11, 2010, McQueen had staged one of his most ambitious collections, Plato's Atlantis, which turned out to be his last large-scale runway presentation.

Shown during Paris Fashion Week, his spring 2010 collection opened with a video by photographer/artist Nick Knight, and closed with the world premiere of Lady Gaga's single "Bad Romance", which set the Internet into a frenzy. Later, the diva wore the collection's jaw-dropping armadillo shoes in the video for this song.

Citing Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species as inspiration, McQueen looked at the animal kingdom for his designs, referencing shapes and patterns of snakes, butterflies, and jelly fish in a masterful, visually stunning 17-minute show.

Watch the full collection, below:

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