Swarovski-adorned showpieces by Tria Alfa and Rhea Costa Debut at Film Festival Opening
After cult movie McQueen opened the Bucharest Fashion Film Festival in April, Romanian theaters sold out. The late British couturier’s name is legendary: lauded in his lifetime as an exceptional avant-garde talent, since death his creative vision has populated the public imagination. His influence was clear at the festival launch, where an extravagant headpiece by Tria Alfa and a dramatic gown by Rhea Costa wowed the crowds.
Originally premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018, the twice BAFTA-nominated McQueen has been mesmerizing audiences all over the world with what Vogue called “a staggering visual feast”. Indeed, you don’t have to be a fashion groupie to love the film for its moving portrayal of an authentic artist and the provocative beauty of his highly theatrical runways. Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui have managed to reveal something in the wild and visionary spirit of Alexander McQueen that speaks to us all.
Romanian jewelry label Tria Alfa is one of the inheritors of Alexander McQueen’s legacy. Its stunning pieces make bold statements about what adornment should aspire to be. At the Bucharest Fashion Film Festival launch party this took the form of an extraordinary winged headpiece in the fairytale-gothic style – a tribute to McQueen in partnership with Swarovski.
Somewhere between a mask and a helmet, it’s designed to encase the face, its prickly bramble-like appearance suggesting nature’s defensive weapons. This dark force is set off by sumptuous bejeweling using Crystal Pearls, Crystals Studs and sparkling statement cuts, with the black feather wing tips creating an in-flight dynamic.
Another showpiece to catch the audience’s eye was a gown by Romanian couture label Rhea Costa. Stars such as Christina Applegate, Sarah Silverman and Alessandra Ambrosio have all fallen for its glamorous, flattering silhouettes. Here, a plunging neckline garlanded by crystallized midnight flowers exudes a powerful femme fatale brilliance – yet more proof of Alexander McQueen’s enduring influence.