There’s nothing more worthy or important that I can say about the genius that continues to inspire, influence, and haunt us that he can’t say for himself . So here is a selection of my favorite McQueen quotes directly from Savage Beauty, the book.

“You’ve got to know the rules to beak them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.
“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.
“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I set it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality.
“I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil.”
“I want to be honest about the world we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through in my work, fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes.. That’s mundane and it’s old hat. Let’s break down some barriers.
“Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality.
“I’m a romantic schizophrenic. Some people think I’ve become softer with this spring collection, but it’s always been in my work. There may be an Edgar Allan Poe romance to it – it’s not a heart-on-your-sleeve type of thing – but that’s just my personality. I’ve always been very sensitive, very romantic, but not everyone has seen that.
“There’s no way back for me now. I am going to take you on journey you’ve never dreamed were possible.
Love.