Just six years following the tragic loss of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Maven Pictures has begun preliminary development of a film based on his professional life. Specifically, the movie entitled “The Ripper” is expected to be based on his relationship with late-editor Isabella Blow. A script has already been written by Gesha-Marie Bland with Senior Vice President Hardy Justice sourcing the screenplay.
Isabella Blow, most known as an editor for English Magazine in addition to being a stylist for Sunday Times, Vogue and Tattler, is also credited with discovering McQueen among other top fashion designers. This lead to a well-known relationship between the two that saw his fashion evolve under her mentorship, eventually resulting in the creation of McQueen’s name brand. Unfortunately, Blow battled depression for a very long time which would lead to her taking her own life in 2007. There has been speculation since that the sale of a majority stock in McQueen’s brand to Gucci Group created a rift between the two that also attributed to this, though McQueen did pay homage to her in his later 2008 Spring runway show.
This film isn’t the first adaptation of their relationship into the entertainment industry. Another biopic, directed by Andrew Haigh, is also currently in production. There was even a play that premiered in St. James Theatre, later being transferred to Haymarket Theatre in London. Titled “McQueen”, it was directed by John Caird, starred Stephen Wight and ran from September to November of last year. This all culminates into what can be considered a highly anticipated offering from Maven Pictures, as interested moviegoers await anxiously for casting and production to be announced sometime in the near future.