In 2001, Skin Two's Features Editor Michelle Olley was known for her background in creative performance and for being a hallmark of London's nightlife circuit. This caught the eye of Alexander McQueen’s right-hand-woman Sidonie Barton, who asked Michelle to model nude for the designer’s Spring show Voss. 
On the day, spectators were allocated seats opposite a glass box where they were forced to scrutinise their reflections for over two hours. Models then walked manically inside the box which was lined with padding like a mental asylum. For the finale, a beeping heart monitor flat-lined as the walls of another glass box in the centre of the room fell to the ground. They revealed a nude Michelle reclining on a chaise longue. 
She was smothered in live moths and wore a cement breathing mask. The visual was a recreation of Sanitarium by the macabre artist Joel Peter Witkin. The tableau asked the audience to question conventional beauty and challenged the superficial nature of the fashion industry. 

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Alexander McQueen SS01. Cover image.
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