Year of the Snake: Vogue 2086 by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, Part 1

Naomi Campbell modelling a green python strapless dress on the runway - Alexander McQueen - Givenchy Fall 1997 ready-to-wear

I’m a little late to the party, but—as part of Anne of Pretty Grievances’ Jungle January event, I thought it would be fun to use a reptile print to make the strapless dress from Vogue 2086, the first of Vogue Patterns’ Givenchy patterns by Alexander McQueen.

Vogue 2086 (1998) Strapless sheath and jacket with pierced front.
Vogue 2086 by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy (1998) Strapless dress and jacket. Model: Jacki Adams.

The dress and jacket are from the Fall 1997 prêt-à-porter, McQueen’s first ready-to-wear collection for Givenchy. (See my earlier post here.) As you can see from this Richard Avedon campaign photo, animal prints were a feature of the collection:

Honor Fraser in Givenchy by Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 1997 Richard Avedon
Givenchy Fall 1997 advertising campaign. Model: Honor Fraser. Photo: Richard Avedon.

The runway collection included not only leopard lace but also leopard dresses, skirts, and coats. (Fashion TV even has a highlights video of the leopard looks on the Givenchy runway; full runway video starting here.) Leopard lace was also used in this strapless catsuit, modelled by Shalom Harlow:

Shalom Harlow in Givenchy by Alexander McQueen, Fall 1997 RTW. Images: Vogue Italia Collections / Fashion Channel.

McQueen showed versions of the Vogue 2086 sheath in both leopard and emerald green python:

leopard / green python - Givenchy FW 1997 rtw by Alexander McQueen
Michele Hicks and Naomi Campbell in Givenchy Fall 1997 RTW by Alexander McQueen. Images: jalougallery.

Coming soon: a post on my reptile print PVC version of the Vogue 2086 strapless dress.

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