Alexander McQueen

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Edited by Claire Wilcox. Introduction by Andrew Bolton.

London. V&A Publishing. 2015. First edition. Paper-covered black boards printed with glossy snake-print pattern and gilt title. 347 pages. Over 300 colour illustrations, many full-page. 320 x 250mm (12½ x 9¾"). 2.4kg. 9781851778270. English. Fine.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2011 Savage Beauty exhibition catalogue focussed on visual images. The V&A's catalogue, published five years after McQueen's death, has the benefit of time and research. It is the most comprehensive book on McQueen's designs, ideas and inspirations to be published. The essays focus on every aspect of his work and are visually rich with images of the clothes, archival photographs of the collections and shows, and illustrations of McQueen's inspirational sources. Subjects for the essays include tailoring, drawing, Givenchy, 'Refashioning Japan', 'Momento Mori', 'The Cabinet of Curiosities', hats, make up, shows, and 'Nightmares and Dreams'.

'This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) invites you into the creative mind of one of Britain's most brilliant, daring and provocative designers. Accompanying the V&A's landmark exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, this comprehensive catalogue features 28 ground-breaking essays from expert fashion commentators and cultural scholars which examine the richness and complexity of McQueen’s visionary fashion. The publication includes over 300 striking images, from intimate backstage portraits and editorials by leading fashion photographers to previously unpublished sketches and research boards from the McQueen archive.
At the centre of the book is a Cabinet of Curiosities gatefold with a specially commissioned photo shoot that showcases McQueen s breath-taking attention to detail. The book closes with an encyclopaedic survey of all of McQueen's London collections, from his 1992 MA graduate collection to his final collection, posthumously presented in March 2010.' (from the publisher's description).