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Inside One of the World’s Largest Alexander McQueen Collections

A dress from the fall 2006 ready-to-wear collection.

Ahead of a documentary about Alexander “Lee” McQueen’s life and designs, one of the world’s largest collectors of Alexander McQueen clothing opened up her archive. Jennifer Zuiker, a California-based owner of a horror-prop-rental company, has been quietly acquiring rare McQueen pieces for years. In honor of the documentary, which premieres today, she lent some of the coolest pieces from her collection for the film’s press day in Los Angeles. Even a small sample of five dresses exhibits McQueen’s impressive range as a designer. After all, he is a favorite of Kate Middleton’s, but he also brought assless chaps to fashion week.

Zuiker’s collection is most likely the largest private collection in the United States and rivals heiress Daphne Guinness’s massive stockpile, which she inherited from editor Isabella Blow. Blow bought McQueen’s entire Saint Martins graduate collection piece-by-piece in the 90s (which is hard to beat if you’re a collector). Zuiker’s selection is kept in storage, but she lent some pieces for the documentary’s final scene. See five of the rarefied pieces below, ranging from an intricately pleated ball gown to a short tartan-and-lace number.

Dress from fall/winter 2010 ready-to -wear collection. Photo: Elizabeth Lippman
Dress from the spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection. Photo: Elizabeth Lippman
Dress from the fall 2006 ready-to-wear collection. Photo: Elizabeth Lippman
Dress from the spring/summer 2010 collection. Photo: Elizabeth Lippman
Dress from the fall 2006 ready-to-wear collection. Photo: Elizabeth Lippman

This has been updated to reflect that Isabella Blow bought McQueen’s 1992 Saint Martins graduate collection.

Inside One of the World’s Largest McQueen Collections