Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, imaginative and inspirational designers at the turn of the millennium. His fashions both challenged and expanded the conventional parameters of clothing beyond utility to a compelling expression of culture, politics and identity. Focusing on the most iconic and acclaimed designs of his prolific career, this stunning book examines McQueen's inimitable technical virtuosity and its subversion of traditional tailoring and dressmaking practices. This book also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures found in McQueen's collections and in his astonishing and extravagant runway presentations, which suggested the most avant-garde installation and performance art. Intended as an assessment of Alexander McQueen's entire career, this book includes in-depth studies of six collections that illustrate and encapsulate thematic chapters as well as an interview with Sarah Burton, the new creative director of Alexander McQueen who had been the designer's right-hand design aide since 1996.

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"Excellent catalogue."--The Huffington Post
"An authoritative and moving insight into the legacy of the British designer."--Carola Long, Financial Times (Christmas Books)
"This book . . . helps illuminate McQueen's artistic process. Recommended for readers with an interest in contemporary fashion."--Library Journal
"For those still wanting to view McQueen's fashion creations, the book shines on."--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
". . . an oversized art collection highly recommended for any college-level arts holding. . . . The most radical designs of his career are presented here, with critical analysis perfect for any arts or fashion library."--The Midwest Book Review
"The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum's Alexander McQueen retrospective has proven so popular that the exhibit has been extended until August 7. But if that still isn't enough time for you to get down to see it, the next best thing to a New York City jaunt is the definitive monograph, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty."--National Post
"[T]his book itself is a showstopper."--C. Donaldson, Choice

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Andrew Bolton is Curator and Harold Koda is Curator in Charge at The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tim Blanks is contributing editor of Style.com and Susannah Frankel is fashion editor of The Independent newspaper.

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