Inside “Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse.”

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Inside Alexander McQueen’s design process. This exhibition explores interdisciplinary inspiration, appropriation, and references from the popular fashion designer.

Here is a look at ” Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse.”

From Art to Fashion

What inspired McQueen to design acclaimed and innovative collections? This exhibit explores parallel with analogous themes through art and design.

There are four thematic sections: Mythos, Fashioned Narratives, Evolution and Existence, Technique, and Innovation. Most of the artworks on display are from LACMA’s permanent collection.

About the artist

Born in 1969 in London, Lee Alexander McQueen started as a tailor, studied fashion, and became a renowned designer. He worked for prestigious fashion houses and created his label in 1992.

Woman’s Dress – Fall/Winter 2010-2011, Untitled (Angels and Demons)



Mythos reviews McQueen’s collection inspired by ancient Greece and Rome, and the Christian iconography. There are numerous historical and religious symbols in his fashion.

Woman’s Jacket – Fall/Winter 2010-2011, Untitled (Angels and Demons)
Woman’s Shoes – Fall/Winter 2007-2008, “In memory of Elizabeth How, Salem, 1692.”
Hippocamp, Italy, Sicily, 3rd century BCE
Woman’s Ensemble – Spring/Summer 2006, Neptune
Seahorse, Germany, c.1590-1600

Corrida (The Bullfight )

McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2002 collection called “The Dance of the Twisted Bull” is inspired by the Spanish corrida (bullfight). He mixed the costume of the male matador with the female flamenco dress.

La Tauromaquia, Francisco de Goya, Spain 1746-1828
Women’s ensemble, Spring/Summer 2002, The Dance of the Twisted Bull.

Article based on my visit in May 2022

Ready to explore McQueen’s collection?

*COVD-19 update as of July 2022*

– Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others

– Please check L.A County’s health and safety protocols before your visit

Plan your visit:

  • Exhibit on view from April 24, 2022 – October 22, 2022
  • Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00am – 8:00pm on Friday and, 10:00 am-7:00pm on weekend. Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  • Admission: $25 per adult, free after 3 pm Monday-Friday for L.A County resident. Advance timed-entry reservations are recommended.
  • Duration: I spent 45 minutes discovering it.
  • Parking: paid on-site lot and street parking
  • More information is available at

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