Inferno. Alexander McQueen

Inferno. Alexander McQueen
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Kent Baker. With words by Melanie Rickey. Photographs by Kent Baker.

London. Laurence King. 2015. First edition. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. 128 pages. 110 black-and-white illustrations. 300 x 235mm (11¾ x 9¼"). 1.2kg. 9781780675572. English. Fine; as new, in shrinkwrap.

This is the first book on McQueen to focus specifically on just one collection. The Dante collection (Autumn/Winter 1996) drew inspiration from Dante's allegorical vision of the afterlife and themes of religion, war and innocence ran through the clothes and through the catwalk show. Staged in Hawksmoor's Christ Church in Spitalfields the show was immensely powerful and marked a turning-point for McQueen in his career. As a friend of McQueen, Kent Baker was given back-staged access to the show and permission to photograph the designer, the models, the clothes and the drama behind-the-scenes. These photographs have been put together in this book and are combined with recollections from important figures in McQueen's life such as Emma Balfour, Simon Chaudoir, Simon Costin, Katy England, Shaun Leane, Suzy Menkes, Simon Ungless and many more.

'London 1996: Alexander McQueen took over the Hawksmoor masterpiece Christ Church in London’s East End for what was quite possibly the greatest fashion show on earth. A candle-lit, cruciform catwalk with a backdrop of stained-glass windows set the tone for an extraordinary collection. Lace sat against chiffon and rubbed shoulders with couture and club-culture clothing and digital print. Dante was the seminal collection that would resonate throughout Alexander McQueen’s career.
This book features unique photographs shot behind the scenes, with raw, unseen pictures of the designer, models and clothes. The fashion creatives who worked with McQueen to make the show such a success recall this pivotal time in the designer’s career and reflect on what made Dante truly groundbreaking. Newly created imagery of clothes shown on the catwalk gives an insight into why this collection was so special.' (from the publisher's description).