Her ‘Knife Headpiece’ from this collection fitted the head like a conventional Alice band but extended around the ears, from where a series of metal ‘knives’ splayed out over the cheeks. Etched with delicate lace patterns and spread like a flirtatious fan against the face, the piece also suggested a lethal weapon that might whirr into life at any minute like Edward Scissorhands’ hands, and seemed dangerously unstable.
Sarah Harmanee, ‘Knife Headpiece’ for Alexander McQueen, Fall–Winter 1997–1998. Silver plated brass with photo-etched lace detail. Photograph courtesy Gavin Fernandes
Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness by Caroline Evans, Yale University Press