Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy

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9780062131997: Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy

A retrospective of Alexander McQueen s groundbreaking work and a salute to his artistry, Fashion Visionary showcases the revolutionary world of McQueen,from his graduate collection at Central Saint Martins to the designs created just days before his untimely death, and finally his ideas carried on through Sarah Burton, including the royal wedding dress. Fashion darling. Rebel. Pioneer. A master of tailoring, yet a designer who was unapologetically provocative. Fashion historian Judith Watt has interviewed many of McQueen s inner circle and collaborators, giving a full behind-the-scenes view of how McQueen lived and worked, and his muse and confidante Daphne Guinness provides the foreword. Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary traces the designer's ascent to becoming one of the world's most respected couturiers and a global brand - a story marked by celebrity friendships, unrestrained creativity, theatrical fashion shows and, ultimately, tragedy. The chronological organization allows the reader to understand McQueen's most seminal collections and the progression and underlying themes of his ideas, from the East End to Givenchy and back again. This book is dedicated to McQueen's work and talent, and exhibits not simply visually electrifying fashion images, but also reveals the deep reservoir of the designer's imagination.

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Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary is a brilliant new book celebrating the work of the late designer. -- The Guardian

This retrospective exploring the designer's work is densely packed with images, illustrations, anecdotes and insights --Independent (Top 10 Style Book)

By concentrating on the professional rather than the personal Judith has done Mr McQueen's legacy a great service. --James Sherwood, Fashion Journalist

(The book)...provides fascinating insights … The illustrations are lavish --Irish Times

With a foreword by his close friend, muse and avid collector of his work Daphne Guinness, this handsome tome offers insight into the Hackney-born designer's unseen world. ... If you buy one book on McQueen, let this be it. --Time Out Online

It provides fascinating insights into his early training as a tailor, with first-hand accounts from people who worked with him, and chronicles the background and inspiration behind each of his collections from the first ones in London right up to the final runway shows in Paris. --Irish Times Magazine

... celebrates Lee the radical thinker, provides history with a heart, and allows the stunning imagery room to fan out its feathers in full bleed spreads. --i-D Magazine (Sarah Raphael)

A well researched and illustrated tribute to Alexander McQueen --Sunday Times Style

It's already on our Christmas wish list --red

None of the many books on McQueen come close to this handsome new volume. --Time Out

A well researched and illustrated tribute to Alexander McQueen --Sunday Times Style

None of the many books on McQueen come close to this handsome new volume. --Time Out

A well researched and illustrated tribute to Alexander McQueen --Sunday Times Style

About the Author:

Judith Watt, Head of Fashion History at Central Saint Martins (CSM), and personal friend of McQueen himself, is the author of several books on fashion including The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Fashion Writing (Viking, 1999), Ossie Clark 1964-74 (V&A Publications, 2003) and Dogs in Vogue (Little Brown 2009). Judith is currently writing a book in association with Vogue on Elsa Schiaparelli. She is also a contributor to Vogue, the Guardian and BBC Radio 4, and lives in London. She has said: "Anyone that works in the fashion industry, particularly as a designer in London, understands the pressures he was under. Trying to succeed in the fashion industry is very difficult, and very, very few people can do it."

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