"My artwork has to have some form of emotion or a soul attached to it. I am a very theatrical person and so this is something very important to myself and also the life of the Brand".
Gary James McQueen was first introduced to the fashion industry by his late uncle Alexander McQueen, who mentored and inspired him to be the artist he is today.
He was employed as head textile designer for the Alexander McQueen MRTW in 2005, experimenting how artwork could be applied in various ways, and that working with the silhouette of clothing, he could develop a niche of optical-illusion textile design, constantly pushing himself and the boundaries of what could be achieved using a 3D canvas as the basis.
Gary James McQueen worked alongside Alexander McQueen up until his passing in 2010, and was trusted with many personal projects including the Chrome Skull artwork, which has become iconic as the face of the Savage Beauty Exhibition commemorating Alexander McQueen's life work.
Upon the passing of Alexander McQueen, Gary James McQueen felt personally compelled to continue his uncle's legacy and family heritage.
Taking influence from his late uncle and also using the instinctive qualities that run in his blood, he continues to establish himself and the Gary James McQueen Brand, which he believes encapsulates the McQueen spirit.