HENRY HATE X IMITATE MODERN
honor ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
“I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I am dead and gone people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen”
Henry Hate can easily recall his first interaction with his friend Lee:
“…He lost a £4000 diamond cross in the shop, So if you add inflation I am sure it would be worth more now. I shat myself cause I didn’t want him to think I mopped it. He was cool about it and like whatever. With Lee I was always impressed with his vision and showmanship and he was like Meh!”
From this he would go on to form a friendship with Lee, known to the wider world as Alexander McQueen, fashion designer, artistic genius and Creative Director of his eponymous fashion house that redefined not only men’s and women’s fashion from the 1990s onward but the understanding of fashion and design at a molecular level.
McQueen, who was the Creative Director for Givenchy and Gucci before heading the Creative Production of his own fashion label had many of his tattoo’s done at Hate’s Prick Tattoo shop. Referred by his friend Boy George, many of McQueen’s boyfriends also received tattoo’s at Prick (which bloomed the myth that if McQueen’s beau got a tattoo from Hate, their relationship was soon to see its end).
In this noteworthy collection, Henry Hate collaborates with Imitate Modern to create a line of exquisite, one of a kind handbags. Using an array of McQueen masterpieces (from totes to clutches to mini-bags and holdalls), Henry engraves iconic symbols of his artistic style and aesthetic onto various McQueen creations. Many of the designs to adorn the bag were custom designed for McQueen as potential tattoos and a view which were tattooed for McQueen.
These icons are to Hate’s practice what McQueen’s now renowned designs and runways shows were to his: a display of the dramatic, the edgy before edgy was commercial, and an understanding of fashion as a second skin.
A follow-up to his 2013 collaboration with shoe designer Oliver Sweeney where in he created bespoke tattoo designed footwear (retailing for about £995 and upwards).
We at Imitate Modern are proud to sponsor this collaboration, working with Henry Hate to commemorate not just the work of a great man, but to commemorate their special relationship.
The collection will debut on September 3 and will be available for purchase through Imitate Modern Gallery. Enquiries and purchases are only available in store or through our sales department.