Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Savage Beauty

Book - 2012
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Yale University
"I never conformed to any sort of fashion ideal. My idea was always to show reality, even though I started at Savile Row and ended up at Givenchy in Paris; to depict the times I live in." —Alexander McQueen, Harper's Bazaar, September 2008

Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.

Published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute, this stunning book includes a preface by Andrew Bolton; an introduction by Susannah Frankel; an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton, creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen; illuminating quotes from the designer himself; provocative and captivating new photography by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø; and a lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the astounding creativity and originality of a designer who relentlessly questioned and confronted the requisites of fashion.

Baker & Taylor
Features garments made by the designer throughout his career, accompanied by quotes from the designer, an essay about his fashion career, and an interview with his long-time design assistant.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven, Conn. : Distributed by Yale University Press, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 9780300169782
Branch Call Number: 746.92092 BOL
Characteristics: 240 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,35 cm.
Alternative Title: Savage beauty


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Feb 08, 2012

This is an absoutely stunning book showcasing the life and work of a modern-day artist. Anyone interested in fashion, and everyone who thinks fashion is silly and vain, will have their eyes opened by the story of Lee Alexander McQueen.

Jan 13, 2012

Really incredible photography of exquisite art. This collection is exceptional.

Oct 16, 2011

I just bought this book today at chapters, and it is AMAZING!

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