Inside the archives: restoring vintage Alexander McQueen

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From Harper's BAZAAR

Vintage fashion specialists William Vintage has curated a very special collection of historic Alexander McQueen catwalk shoes to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the designer's tragic death. The company partnered with luxury repair service The Restory to revive the footwear and have them looking as good as new, before they will be sold at auction.

The 10 pairs of shoes, comprising sandals and boots from between 1998 and 2002, were sourced from a private collection - an anonymous individual who owns an incredible array of past Lee McQueen designs.

"We've never done shoes that are vintage before but when I saw them I just knew I had to put them out there, they are so great," William Vintage CEO Marie Blanchet told us.

Many of the pairs of shoes actually featured on McQueen catwalks, and still have the original stickers assigning them to their respective show looks.

"We were extremely aware that some of the shoes were runway shoes, and they had some, what people could think of as defaults - but which actually are the things which give the value to the shoes," Blanchet explained.

Some of the footwear originally debuted in some of McQueen's most iconic shows, from his fame-making "Highland Rape" presentation in 1995, to the asylum-themed show "Voss" in 2001, and 1999's "No. 13" which memorably featured live spray-painting onto a dress worn by Shalom Harlow.

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"I have a real passion for McQueen items and his designs, and the respect that he had for craftsmanship," said Thais Cipolletta, co-founder of The Restory, whose team worked to restore the pieces. "It's a big honour".

The restored styles will be sold exclusively at William Vintage in London from 11 February, priced between £200 and £1,000. Explore the shoes and discover the restoration process in our exclusive video above.

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