The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen was known for his raw and emotional use of contrasting elements in design, perhaps no more evident than in his classic skulls scarf. Only Alexander McQueen could take the delicacy of pashmina wool and combine in it with the universal symbol of death: a skull.
Alexander McQueen courted controversy on and off the runway. But with the likes of Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna sporting his latest designs, who can question his ability to make couture actually affordable and wearable?
Ranging from $235 to $635 retail, Alexander McQueen's skull scarves vary in size from, 104 x 120 cm, to 140 x 140 cm and 20 x160 cm. Four collections are presented: Silk, Pashmina, Jersey and Fashion. Each collection features unique details, colors, patterns and material. All scarves showcase the classic skull icon, printed in a repeating pattern across the scarf as well as Alexander McQueen's logo.
The Silk Collection features 25 distinctly colored scarves made of chiffon silk. Eight unique wool pashmina scarves are available in the Pashmina Collection. The Jersey Collection includes five scarves available in either 100% modal or a blend of modal and wool silk. The fourteen scarves featured in the Fashion Collection, present the widest variation in skulls and styles. Even McQueen's signature logo varies from scarf to scarf. For those on a budget, the Black Inverted Bar Skull Ribbon scarf in silk satin, is only $235.
The Fashion collection includes a stunning multi-skull chiffon scarf, created exclusively to commemorate Alexander McQueen's "Savage Beauty" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, in New York City. Seasonal skulls from previous collections, including skulls wrapped in the United Kingdom's flag are printed on the scarf.
Although designed for women, the skulls scarf has a cousin in the men's section; a skull patterned hanky for only $100.