Though news of the ten dollar bill’s upcoming feminist makeover was insanely exciting, recent developments in the UK have us nerding out even more about currency. The Bank of England is asking the British public to nominate “people of historic significance” from the world of visual arts to be the new face of the £20 note, and one of the nominees is none other than the late Alexander McQueen.
In a speech given at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (ironically where McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition is currently on display), Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said, “Banknotes are the principal way the Bank of England engages with the British public. These sparse pieces of paper from the 17th Century have developed over the years to become the small works of art that are in everyone’s wallets.”
Other nominees in the running include filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, poet William Blake, photographer Cecil Beaton, painter William Hogarth and actor/filmmaker Richard Attenborough.
If McQueen is selected, the notes are scheduled to be printed in 2020, the ten-year anniversary of the designer’s tragic death and the same year America’s first female will grace U.S. currency. Until then, we can’t wait to fashionably (and feministly) make it rain.