Gods and Kings. The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

Gods and Kings. The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
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Dana Thomas.

London. Allen Lane. 2015. First British edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 422 pages. 32 pages of illustrations. 240 x 160mm (9 x 6"). 0.8kg. 9781846146138. English. Fine; as new.

Ten years older than him, McQueen saw Galliano as the designer to beat. He followed in his footsteps, achieving equal global status within the fashion industry. Aspects of Thomas's book may be hard for the fashion crowd to stomach but it offers an important analysis of an industry that is full of contradictions and complex personalities.

'In the first decade of the twenty-first century the fashion world was dominated by two very different but equally successful and turbulent figures. But, within twelve months, Alexander McQueen had committed suicide, and John Galliano had professionally imploded. Who was to blame? And how was fashion changed by their rise and fall?
This is the story of Galliano and McQueen, the two working-class British boys who shook fashion to its core. With their complicated and deeply seductive designs, they moved from the raucous art and club scene of London to the old-school heart of French couture. Dana Thomas, who witnessed their arrival in Paris and who interviewed more than one hundred people close to both designers, presents their lives in rich detail. Highlighting the similarities and differences in their temperament, charisma and style, she explores both their individual talent and the changing nature of fashion over the 80s, 90s and noughties. The result is a deeply engrossing, fast-paced and original read. Galliano and McQueen weren't simply driven and gifted: they wanted to revolutionize fashion in a way no one had in decades. And, for a while, they succeeded.' (from the blurb).