Visionaire 58 Spirit. A Tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen. RTW [Ready to Wear] Edition

Visionaire 58 Spirit. A Tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen. RTW [Ready to Wear] Edition

Edited by Stephen Gan, Cecilia Dean, James Kaliardos.

New York. Visionaire Publishing. 2010. RTW Edition; number 434 from a limited edition of 1,500 copies. Clam-shell box wrapped in ivory silk with metal embroidered decoration from the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 show. Loose plates housed in box, printed onto pulp paper embedded with seeds. 20 colour photographs printed on loose sheets, one of which is a hologram. 320 x 235mm (12½ x 9¼"). 1.7kg. 9781888645835. English. Fine.

This issue of Visionaireis as much an object of art as a book on Alexander McQueen. The limited edition box is beautifully bound in ivory silk with metallic embroidery from the McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 show. The pages of the book are embedded with wildflower seeds and there are instructions on how to germinate and then plant the flowers. The pages would be completely destroyed in the process. It is a conceit that would have appealed to McQueen's interest in the life- and death-cycle and the transient nature of being.
The photographs chosen to illustrate the book include some of the most iconic images of McQueen's work. The photographers featured read like a role-call of the great fashion photographers of our age - Nick Knight, David Sims, Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, Steven Klein, Sebastian Faena, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Ines Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Mario Sorrenti, Sean Ellis, Steven Klein and Mario Sorrenti. Particular highlights include McQueen's work with Nick Knight. There is the photo of Devon Aoki in Mcqueen shot by Knight for Visionaire 20. Comme des Garcons, as well as a hologram composed of images of Kate Moss in custom McQueen on a swing. Inez & Vinoodh's important portrait of McQueen is also included. All of the photographs take on a unique dimension because of the seeded paper.

'Several years before issue 58 came to be, Alexander “Lee” McQueen came to the Visionaire office to discuss collaborating on an issue that ultimately never happened. One day, the staff was discussing a potential issue printed on seeded paper, and the next day, news came that McQueen, one of the most brilliant creative minds of our time, had passed away. The team took this as a sign and dedicated SPIRIT to him. The issue set out to commemorate McQueen’s life and career by publishing the imagery that had defined it. From the iconic Nick Knight image of Devon Aoki with a pin through her forehead to the haunting Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin portrait of the designer himself, SPIRIT amassed photographs that, like McQueen and his revolutionary fashion, were completely unforgettable. Mario Sorrenti collaborated with fashion editor Camilla Nickerson producing a photo — based on the sacrificial lamb — that current Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton describes as “incredibly moving” and “powerful yet heartbreakingly fragile.”
Printed onto pulp paper embedded with seeds, the issue could be planted to transform into a garden of wildflowers — a statement about the transience of life and fashion that honored the designer’s vision.' (from the publisher's description).