Seeing Double: Fleur’s Wedding dress Vs McQueen

The wedding dress on Fleur Delacour (played by Clemence Posey) in the final Harry Potter movie seems to share more than just a slight resemblance to a dress from Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection. It doesn’t come from the house of McQueen. Jany Temime, who is the costume designer for the movie, explained her choice of using the phoenixes facing each other ‘because, like love, it is eternal.’ The sad thing is, the amount of people who are going to recognize the ‘knock-off’ would probably be thousands or millions times more than the people who know the original creation after the movie premieres.

[Image/source: The Cut]

  • Hannah

    I hav eno interest in the harry potterfilms orbook for that matter. The only thign that i reall ylike about them is clemence poesy, who i adore. However, this is so infuriating, I sincerely hope legla action is taken, besides that the knockoff doesnt have half the charm or beauty that the original does.

  • Amora

    I don’t believe Ms. Temime & Ms. Jenny Packham chose the phoenixes. The phoenixes serve as a symbol in the Harry Potter series since 1997 for many reasons like for one of the most beloved characters and highest mentor who kept a phoenix as a sort of a pet. Since he passed away, the phoenixes pay a tribute to that beloved character/mentor but they also serve as reminder to the title character especially in their positioning to represent love which never dies and will always be reborn, making it eternal like a phoenix. This reminder of love is key in the series. True, the book mentions the dress as being simple but phoenixes are themed in the wedding as described.
    However, the dress does have an uncanny resemblance to the late Mr. McQueen’s 2008 haute-coutoure. Perhaps, like the phoenixes, Ms. Temime & Ms. Packham were paying a loving tribute to a beloved mentor.