It might be Friday night tonight but we know exactly where we’re going to be; on our sofa, hunkering down with tea and treats to watch McQueen and I, a new documentary about the relationship between Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen. Apparently the film contains interviews with Lee McQueen’s brother Michael, his former design assistant Catherine Brickhill, and top figures from Givenchy where he worked for a few years.
But according to early reports, there are some pretty candid interviews. Former head Givenchy publicist Eric Lanuit is captured in the documentary saying:
‘The press officer’s role is also to be a nanny. [McQueen] would call to ask for certain ‘vitamin substances’ to help him stay up all night and through the day of a fashion show. I’m not talking about vitamin C, I am talking about cocaine.’
In a touching section, McQueen's brother shows filmmakers around the house where the family grew up and said 'It was three boys all in one bedroom. You could see the birds flying around the top there. If you see Lee’s shows there was a lot of feathers and birds going on. That is where Lee got a lot of his ideas.'
After Anna Wintour announcing that this year's Met Ball will be dedicated to McQueen, expect this to be the first of many documentaries, books and movies based on the infamous designer.
McQueen and I More 4 tonight at 9pm
- Naomi Attwood