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An Alexander McQueen for Givenchy snakeskin and beaded cocktail dress, Spring-Summer, 2001 haute couture collection. Photo Kerry Taylor Auctions.

the muslin défilé label with blue Givenchy stamp, VIP and Press Sample stamps and handwritten details ‘Atelier Catherine, no 31’, the leather panels intersected and edged with tulle bands embroidered with a lattice of cork beads, wired beads form a ruff at the high collar, cascade from the armholes and fall in asymmetric fringes to the hem, concealed zips at back and side to ensure a skin-tight fit, bust 81cm, 32in, waist 66cm, 26in This was McQueen’s final collection for Givenchy before they parted over ‘artistic differences’.

Kerry Taylor Auctions. Jun 24, 2014. 249 Long Lane, London, SE1 4PR, United Kingdom