Alexander McQueen. Working Process

Alexander McQueen. Working Process
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Nick Walpington. Foreword by Susannah Frankel. Photographs by Nick Walpington.

Bologna. Damiani. 2013. First edition. Pictorial paper-covered boards, printed glassine dust jacket. Unpaginated [c.300 pages]. Over 200 colour plates. 300 x 250mm (11¾ x 9¾"). 2.3kg. 9788862082952. English. Fine.

'For all the stress, exasperation and even pain that went into making there was lightness and laughter too. Alexander McQueen was fragile, more fragile, perhaps, than anyone around him realised, but he was happiest when working on a show. Those moments of contentment are here for alll of those involved to remember him by and to be seen by anyone else turning these pages.' (Susannah Frankel in the foreword).
In 2008 Alexander McQueen asked the photographer Nick Waplington to document his 2009 Autumn/Winter women's ready-to-wear collection, from its initial inception to its runway appearance in Paris six months later. The collection entitled The Horn of Plenty! and subtitled Everything And The Kitchen Sink was McQueen's riff on the problem of consumption and the paradoxical nature of the fashion industry. Waplington's photos capture every aspect of creating a fashion collection - the mood boards, the sketches, the patterns, the cutting, the pinning, the fittings, the fabrics, the models, the hair, the make-up, the hats (courtesy of Philip Treacy), the shoes, the catwalk, the backstage, the mayhem, the adrenalin, the exhaustion, the beauty. Interspersed throughout are images of landfill sites, rubbish, and the waste grounds near where McQueen grew up.
McQueen was a notoriously private individual and avoided giving interviews and access to his inner world. This book is one of the only publications to be personally sanctioned by the designer himself and as such gives the reader an honest look into McQueen's world.
The Working Process photographs formed the basis of an exhibition of the same name held at the Tate Britain gallery in March 2015.

'In 2008 Alexander McQueen commissioned photographer Nick Waplington to document the creation of his Fall 2009 collection—all the way from inception to runway showing. Unfortunately, this Fall/Winter collection was to be the last that McQueen would stage before his untimely death. This show, which he titled The Horn of Plenty, found McQueen revisiting his 15-year archive of work and recycling it into a new collection.
In effect, it was his personal survey of his work to date. The set was composed of broken mirrors and a giant trash heap made up of all the sets from his previous shows; critics have commented that this reflected McQueen’s feelings towards the fashion system and how it pressures designers to be creative geniuses while relegating each collection to the garbage bin of history as soon as it’s sold. Waplington was given unprecedented access to McQueen and his staff, which included the current Creative Director of the brand, Sarah Burton. Every step of the creative process is documented in fascinating detail and readers receive a rare insight into the inner workings of McQueen’s creative process. Most notably, McQueen himself placed the book’s layout, picture by picture, on storyboards. The book was ready for publication when McQueen died, then was put on hold—until now.' (from the publisher's description).