Alexander McQueen, Autumn/Winter 2013
Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst have announced that they will be collaborating to launch an exclusive scarf collection to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the iconic McQueen skull scarf.
Popular since its debut in 2003, and even more so following Alexander McQueen’s death in 2010, fans of the skull scarf include Yoko Ono and Keith Richards.
The design for the collection will be adapted from Hirst’s Entomology series, which uses images of butterflies, spiders and other insects arranged to create kaleidoscopic patterns. Laid out to form the signature McQueen skull motif, the design will represent Hirst and McQueen’s shared sense of aesthetic values.
Entomology takes its original inspiration from Dante’s Inferno, making it the ideal partner for the collaboration with McQueen, whose iconic skull motif incorporates the same themes of symmetry and references to the darker side of nature.
The collection will compromise 30 limited designs, and will be available in Chiffon, Pongé, Twill and Cashmere with prices ranging from £315/ €340/ $515 to £715/ €785/ $1175.
This dynamic partnership echoes the recent project from young artists, Jake and Dinos Chapman with Louis Vuitton, who worked together to create a popular collection of men’s accessories.
Hirst has worked in the past with both skulls and fashion. His diamond encrusted, platinum cast of a human skull reportedly sold for £50 million, and he created a line of dot and pill adorned backpacks in 2012 for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s label, The Row.