STEVE MCQUEEN Director, 48
The Exacting Eye Style isn’t just about what you’re drawn to—it’s about where you come from. That’s director Steve McQueen’s take. “I’m a working-class Londoner,” he says. “When you think of London, you think of rockers, punks, skinheads. The three-quarter pants, the close-cropped hair. It’s very London, whatever I do.” It’s fitting that McQueen prefers clothing by designer Yohji Yamamoto, whose avantgarde approach taps into that same rebel energy.
“There’s an ease with his clothes, and a kind of movement interpreted in the fabric or in the cut. It’s very much matched to me and my body,” says McQueen, who walked the runway for Yamamoto in 2008.
The director has unveiled visionary films in theatres and art installations in swanky galleries for more than two decades now, from quiet, searing works like Shame to the unflinchingly brutal 12 Years a Slave (which won an Oscar for Best Picture). You might expect someone with McQueen’s success to resist change, but you’d be underestimating him. Up next is something entirely new. Widows, which he adapted from a British television show with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, will see a stacked cast of women conspiring to settle a debt from their dead husbands’ crimes. It’s a different story for McQueen to tell and a chance to take his directorial style in new directions.
“I’m looking for truth in whatever I do,” he says. “I don’t like the idea of putting a stencil on a narrative. I want the narrative to tell me how it wants to be seen.”
Jacket, shirt, trousers, and sunglasses by Dior Men.