Proud as a Peacock
Housed at the FIDM Museum, Alexander McQueen’s Peacock Dress exemplifies the designer’s ability to incorporate historic symbolism and reference past modes of dress to create a final garment that is cutting edge and culturally relevant to our contemporary eyes. The Peacock Dress belonged to McQueen’s FW 2008 collection entitled, “The Girl Who Lived in a Tree,” which was dedicated to the British Empire. In 2010, costume designer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, Jany Temime, created a dress bearing significant resemblance to McQueen’s, worn by Fleur Delacour in her marriage to Bill Weasley. In an interview with the LA Times, Temime does not mention the McQueen dress, but cites her desire to create a fantastical gown which incorporated the symbolism and representation of a phoenix.