Alexander McQueen x Marie-Agnès Gillot

A propulsive drumbeat; a cavernous space; a ritual face-off. Radiating waves of energy, drummer and dancer build to a dramatic, air-borne crescendo

While studying fashion at Central Saint Martins, Sarah Burton spent her placement year at Alexander McQueen in 1996, immediately rejoining the brand following her graduation in 1997. In 2000, she was made Head of Design for womenswear and in May 2010 was promoted to Creative Director of the brand, having worked alongside Lee McQueen for over 14 years. Her preservation of the brand’s aesthetic legacy is defined by its technical expertise and theatrical subversions. Burton’s work with the acclaimed fashion house has established her as one of the fashion industry’s greatest and most renowned designers.

Marie-Agnès Gillot joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1985 and was accepted in the Corps de Ballet in 1989, rising through the ranks to become Étoile in 2004. She continues to interpret the greatest roles in the classical and contemporary repertoire, and, in 2007, embarked on her own critically acclaimed choreographic work. After giving birth to her son in December 2013, she was back on stage just months later in Pina Bausch’s Orpheus and Euridyce. In 2015, Gillot will dance in creations by Benjamin Millepied and Wayne McGregor, and is also working on a new choreography in collaboration with Bianca Li.

Daniel Askill is a New York-based, Australian filmmaker and visual artist, whose Grammy-nominated video with Sia for Chandelier has been seen by over half a billion people online. In 2001 he co-founded multidisciplinary studio Collider, which produced his award-winning short film We Have Decided Not To Die. His artwork has been shown at the Palais de Tokyo, London’s ICA and the Venice Biennale. He has directed music videos for artists including Paul McCartney, and campaigns for brands such as Dior.