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Scoop at the Sattchi Gallery Welcomes Digitally Inspired Gary James Mcqueen To The Aw19 Show


Contemporary womenswear show Scoop, which takes place at London’s Saatchi Gallery on the 10th – 12th February, will see Gary James McQueen showcase his collection of made-to-order silk scarves.

 Channeling the fashion genius of his late uncle Lee Alexander McQueen, Gary James McQueen is primarily known for his exquisite range of silk printed scarves which draw inspiration from, and pay tribute to, his experience working alongside his uncle.

 McQueen will present his collection and an artistic installation featuring his iconic artwork during Scoop in The Flower Tree Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Saatchi Gallery. 

On Monday 11th February at 4.30pm, McQueen will be discussing his career with Caryn Franklin MBE and revealing the inspiration behind his collection to buyers and retailers in attendance.

 McQueen worked at his uncle’s side creating innovative digital textile prints as head of menswear textiles for the McQueen atelier during its most iconic period.  Now a celebrated digital artist, Gary James McQueen is an emerging visionary at the head of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (‘4IR’) where new technologies and physical, digital and biological worlds collide.

 “I just utilise digitally anything I can…to get what I want,” McQueen comments explaining digital artwork showcased as a limited edition of silk scarves, produced for Anderson and Sheppard, as an example of this pioneering creativity. In true artisan style, McQueen orchestrated all processes for the scarf design himself, from complex idea to lenticular photographic image of digitally-tweaked bodies. 

 From gallery artworks to clothing and soft furnishings for interiors, whether luxury silk kimonos and scarves to a hologram of the Sistine Chapel for a ceiling feature, the McQueen process allows for limitless application. 

McQueen is currently working on a new process using digitally “sculpted” images for textile prints which feature the bright blue Indian god, Shiva, and winged female gorgon, Medusa, from Greek mythology by way of late 19th century marine biologist and professor, Ernst Haeckel. 

 Gary James McQueen is a collaborative and pioneering force, creating a fusion of art, fashion and cutting-edge technology, acknowledged by magazines such as i-D, Watt’s What, Perfect Bound and leaders such as Mathew Drinkwater, Head of Fashion Innovation at London College of Fashion.  

 Gary James McQueen consulted and appeared in the recent BAFTA nominated McQueen film and is currently working on a project with Fabergé.