Blacksmith’s work goes from forge to fashion

Deddington blacksmith Alex Moss helped create pieces for a fashion show by the late Alexander McQueen. Picture by Anthea Simms. NNL-150104-123513001
Deddington blacksmith Alex Moss helped create pieces for a fashion show by the late Alexander McQueen. Picture by Anthea Simms. NNL-150104-123513001

A Deddington blacksmith who worked with fashion designer Alexander McQueen in the late 1990s will have his work displayed at an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Alex Moss, owner of Forged and Found, collaborated with Mr McQueen, who died in 2010, on some of his shows.

The work is being displayed at the museum in its Savage Beauty exhibition, which runs until August 2.

Mr Moss, 47, met Mr McQueen when he owned a workshop in east London and was asked by an architect to create a few pieces for a house Mr McQueen was intending to buy.

Although he didn’t buy the house, Mr Moss ended up creating structures for Mr McQueen’s shows from 1997 to 1999. Mr Moss said: “Alexander McQueen was amazing, full of energy and incredibly creative. He would draw these intricate sketches of what he wanted and I would say, ‘Leave it with me and I will work out how to build it.’ But he would come to my workshop and hang around.

“It was high pressure, but the ideas he was coming up with were of really exciting things to make.”

The items Mr Moss created for Mr McQueen included steel structures which were then draped with unusual shaped dresses and pyramids and boxes which were covered in veils.

“They looked amazing on stage,” he said.

“It was more about the show and the wow factor for him.”

Mr Moss comes from a family of furniture designers and antiques specialists. For more on the exhibition, visit www.vam.ac.uk or on Mr Moss, www.forgedandfound.com.