Alexander McQueen’s SS21 Collection Exemplifies the Potential of Upcycled Materials

Faced with the challenges of producing a fashion collection under the pandemic, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton got creative … in the most eco-friendly way

With most of the world still on hold and manufacturers shut down or working at limited capacity, Sarah Burton and the Alexander McQueen team had to rely on what they already have at hand to roll out the brand’s spring/summer 2021 collection. Burton’s solution was to make a men’s collection from old stock, overprinting or overdyeing fabrics with pearly embellishments added here and there.

Despite the unorthodox approach, the tailoring presented throughout the collection was still fierce and with a touch of femininity, with nipped waits on suit jackets; wide, dramatic skirts blooming from black-tie jackets; slim trousers cinched with big, sculptural obi belts; and regal pearl brooches dotted onto curvy, shapely coats. For a collection that is made mostly out of upcycled overstock fabrics, Burton did a marvelous and superb job.