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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

LONDON: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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. 

By: AndrewBolton (Author), Solve Sundsbo (Photographer), Tim Blanks (Contributor), Susannah Frankel (Contributor)

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.

Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art | Publication Date: May 31, 2011

Editorial Reviews

Review

“This book … helps illuminate McQueen”s artistic process. Recommended for readers with an interest in contemporary fashion.” —Library Journal

(Library Journal )

“Excellent catalogue” —The Huffington Post

(The Huffington Post )

“For those still wanting to view McQueen”s fashion creations, the book shines on.” —Lonny Magazine

(Lonny Magazine )

“ The catalog—with its gorgeous images places alongside provocative, incisive, and often puzzling conversational quotes from the designer himself—makes for an interesting way to get a peek at the show for those of us who won’t be lucky enough to make it to New York this summer.”—Creative Loafing

(Creative Loafing )

“[T]his book itself is a showstopper.”—C. Donaldson, Choice

(C. Donaldson Choice )

About the Author

Andrew Bolton is Curator at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Susannah Frankel is fashion editor of The Independent newspaper. Tim Blanks is contributing editor of Style.com.
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; First Edition
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