McQueen offered a clear-eyed vision of the harshness of life that, perhaps, only the working poor—or those from truly meager circumstances—are honest enough to acknowledge. While other designers, from John Galliano to Ralph Lauren, were romanticizing workers, vagabonds, and corporate strivers, McQueen was more inclined to highlight their calloused hands, bloodied feet, and shredded dignity.
I recommend two things. One. see the McQueen retrospective 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' at the Met from May 4- 31 July; Two. read Givhan's full review of it here.