Shaun Leane

Shaun Leane

May 20, 2011 03:00 ET

Shaun Leane on Working With Alexander McQueen and "Pushing the Boundaries of Jewellery Design"

With the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York's much anticipated exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" now on view, the Shaun Leane jewellery house comment on the many years of creative collaboration between the two designers.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - Celebrated world-wide for modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design, Shaun Leane began his career training at the bench in London's jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. Whilst working as a goldsmith, Leane embarked on a long-standing collaboration with Alexander McQueen, creating provocative pieces that have become iconic milestones in the art of body adornment and catwalk jewellery.

First introduced in 1994, Shaun and Alexander were united by a shared respect and passion for craftsmanship. McQueen first asked him to create a large, silver tusk earring for only his second show, 'Hunger' in SS95. Their friendship, and the pieces, grew from there: from parrot feather earrings to a corset pierced by silver spears; skeleton body armour to an extraordinary medieval Yashmak.

This high-profile collaboration acted as a catalyst to Leane's burgeoning desire to blend technical perfection with creative freedom, and he subsequently launched the first collections of Shaun Leane jewellery in 1999. Since then, the brand has been responsible for creating a new genre of contemporary designer jewellery; precious, poetic, with a sense of eternity, yet relevant to today's world. The powerful, emotive and often poignant beauty of Shaun Leane jewellery is underlined with sentiment, stories and meaning, tapping into the history and heritage of jewellery.

Alongside his eponymous collections, the house continued to contribute work to the McQueen catwalk for over a decade.

His collaboration with the late fashion designer pushed the house to experiment with new materials and scale, resulting in some of the most iconic catwalk imagery of the last decade. Leane describes working with McQueen as "a truly unique and creative experience," which "gave me the platform to push the boundaries of jewellery design, allowing me to grow to be the designer I am today."

The much-anticipated exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" will be on view until the 31st July 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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