“I design clothes because I don’t want women to look all innocent and naïve…I want woman to look stronger…I don’t like women to be taken advantage of…I don’t like men whistling at women in the street. I think they deserve more respect. I like men to keep their distance from women, I like men to be stunned by an entrance. I’ve seen a woman get nearly beaten to death by her husband. I know what misogyny is … I want people to be afraid of the women I dress” — Alexander McQueen
1930 Jessie Franklin Turner gown - the slipper satin and bias-cut construction used in this evening ensemble epitomizes the body-conscious drama of the 1930s. Turner's expression of this drama is shown in the graphic combination of black and white and the inventive cut of the three pieces--the dress, the jacket, and the overbodice. (Dress)
* Evening coat Made during World War One, this unique garment was made by a Mother for her son as he was convalescing from injuries sustained in the conflict. Made from silk hexagonal patchwork, the fabric dates from the 1890s. This dressing gown was worn as an evening coat by subsequent family members before it was donated to the museum in Norwich.