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Sarah Burton: Roses represent life and death

Sarah Burton: Roses represent life and death

Sarah Burton loves how nature demonstrates beauty in death.

The British designer is the creative director of Alexander McQueen, taking over the reins following the death of Lee Alexander McQueen in 2010.

In LOVE magazine's upcoming issue, Sarah discusses the role of the rose in the brand's Autumn/Winter 15 range. Everything from ruffled mini dresses to slinky midi gowns featured the flower in some form, with inspiration stemming from photographer David Sims' pictures of roses.

“These beautiful flowers on the verge of decay. I love the idea that in nature there is not only beauty in life but also in death," Sarah explained.

She put a lot of emphasis on the flowers decaying in her pieces, all the while sticking to McQueen's punk-esque aesthetic.

“[The clothing was meant to] unravel and peel away like the petals of the roses," she added. "Lace begins to ladder, fabrics begin to fray, and the clothes begin to shroud her rather than restrict her.”

Sarah doesn't often sit for interviews, so LOVE editor in chief Katie Grand was pleased to have pinned her down for a chat. The journalist was bowled over by the designer's latest offering and hired model Edie Campbell to pen the article.

“This McQueen collection seemed a very special one for Sarah. As an observer, it looked super personal and I wanted Edie, who has worked with Sarah many times, to give us an intimate insight into the collection," Katie said.

The magazine, due out next week, has seven different covers featuring the likes of Cher, Florence Welch and Kate Moss. It's also the publication's biggest issue yet, boasting 256 pages of advertisements.

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