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Am Balach MacCuidhein – McQueen of Scots

BBC ALBA – Wednesday 25 December at 9.00pm

Am Balach MacCuidhein – McQueen of Scots

BBC ALBA - Diciadain 24 Dùbhlachd aig 9.00f

Cathy MacDonald visiting Alexander McQueen's graveside


BBC ALBA is to delve into the world of high fashion with a revealing documentary – Am Balach MacCuidhein – McQueen of Scots – paying homage to one of the world’s most avant-garde fashion designers, Lee Alexander McQueen.

Featuring an exclusive and intimate interview with McQueen’s eldest sister Janet, this one hour programme is a charming homage to a creative genius whose heart belonged to the Hebrides and whose innovative collections reflect this heritage.

McQueen’s late mother, Joyce, was an amateur genealogist who traced the McQueen name back to Jacobite Scotland. Featuring renowned and stylish broadcaster, Cathy MacDonald, this programme explores the extent to which McQueen’s Scottish roots influenced his creative work.

Despite having travelled the globe and thriving in the highest echelons of the fashion world, Alexander McQueen found solace and inspiration in the land of his ancestors – The Isle of Skye, where the late designer is buried. He once said of his designs: “I wanted to start at the crux and the crux was my heritage”.

The programme explores this love of Scotland and in particular his use of tartan as a fashion garment and focuses on two of his most innovative and controversial collections, ‘Highland Rape’ and ‘Widows of Culloden’. It was through these collections that he wanted to illustrate the brutality of the Highland clearances and the devastation it had on the cultural landscape of Scotland.

The collections created controversy and drew media attention. McQueen stated that his aim was to strip away the romanticism which exploited Scotland’s image.

Cathy MacDonald embarks on a journey of discovery that takes her to the Isle of Skye, to London and to New York. She bears witness to this incredible work, in what is for her as a fellow Gael, an emotional journey of heritage and identity.

McQueen of Scots was directed Tony Kearney and produced by Jim Webster of Solus Productions. The programme will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Wednesday 24th December at 8.55 until 9.55pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer.

Cathy MacDonald visiting Alexander McQueen's graveside

Prògram a chuireas an cèill cho mòr ’s a bha a’ bhuaidh aig na freumhaichean Albannach air an dealbhadair aodaich cliùiteach Lee Alexander McQueen.

Treòraichidh an craoladair Cathy NicDhòmhnaill sinn tro na ceanglaichean Gàidhealach aige agus ni sinn ùmhlachd air an obair a rinn a mhàthair a’ comharrachadh an ainm MacCuidhein cho fada air ais ri linn nan Seumasach.

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