March 17 is Alexander McQueen’s birthday.
I discuss Alexander McQueen a couple of times in “Star Struck Style” because of an unusual layout of specific elements in his natal chart. If his time of birth is listed correctly on astrotheme.com, he has both the sun and the moon in Pisces in the fifth house and Leo on his midheaven. Those factors combined to give him a sense of theatricality that was not only evident in the clothing he created, but in the runway shows he produced. He was a showman, plain and simple.
I am intrigued, though, to see that he also had Venus quite closely conjunct to Saturn in his chart. A few months back, I pointed out the same aspect in John Galliano’s chart.
So what else do the two designers have in common? Well, they both demonstrated an attention to detail that made them thrive as both ready-to-wear designers and couturiers — and everything in between. I originally was looking at this aspect as something that would likely inhibit the artistic expression of an individual who possessed it in their natal chart. Now I’m starting to see it as something that adds careful consideration to the individual’s artistic output.
Phoebe Philo, on the other hand, has Venus opposite Saturn in her natal chart. Unlike McQueen and Galliano, her creative output has been far more practical. I don’t recall if she’s ever dabbled in couture or even demi-couture.
It’s something that is going to demand my attention in the future. In astrological texts, the relationship between Venus and Saturn is often discussed as something that has a great deal of impact upon emotional expression. I don’t know if anyone else besides me is looking into the relationship between the two planets and their impact upon an individual’s sense of creative expression.
Oh, great! Did I just invent another make-work project for myself? I believe that I did . . .