Alexander McQueen. The Life and the Legacy

Alexander McQueen. The Life and the Legacy
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Judith Watt. Foreword by Daphne Guinness.

New York. Harper Design. 2012. First US edition, third printing. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 281 pages. Illustrated throughout in colour. 285 x 240mm (11¼ x 9½"). 0.9kg. 9780062131997. English. Fine.

Judith Watt, head of Fashion History at Central Saint Martins, provides a generously illustrated overview of McQueen's career, from student to global couture house. She focuses on his work, his designs and his inspirations, rather than attempting to write a biography. The text is interspersed with chronological snapshots of each of his collections, including those under his own label and those for Givenchy and Gucci. There are also first-hand personal accounts from those who worked with McQueen during his career.

'This incredible volume strips away the layers of legend surrounding Alexander McQueen, revealing the sartorial genius and the true history of the man who reinvented modern fashion. Uncovering new details about Lee Alexander McQueen's humble childhood in East London, author Judith Watt traces the young designer's ascent—from his graduate collection at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design to his over-the-top runway shows to the designs he created just days before his death at age forty. Providing new insights into the dark passion and inspiration that guided each fever-pitched runway show, this fully illustrated portrait delivers a truly comprehensive, in-depth look at the most provocative designer of a generation. Illustrated throughout with McQueen's personal drawings and ephemera as well as a mixture of exquisite catwalk and editorial fashion images, Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy is every bit as stunning as the designer himself.' (from the blurb).