Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Hardcover | May 31, 2011

byAndrew BoltonContribution byTim Blanks, Susannah Frankel

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Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.

Published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute, this stunning book includes a preface by Andrew Bolton; an introduction by Susannah Frankel; an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton, creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen; illuminating quotes from the designer himself; provocative and captivating new photography by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø; and a lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the astounding creativity and originality of a designer who relentlessly questioned and confronted the requisites of fashion.

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Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of h...

Andrew Bolton is Curator at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Susannah Frankel is fashion editor of The Independent newspaper. Tim Blanks is contributing editor of Style.com.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 13.25 × 9.75 × 0.98 inPublished:May 31, 2011Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300169787

ISBN - 13:9780300169782

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Present If you can't make it to the NYC exhibit this is a pretty good alternative. It also makes for a perfect present for your fashion junky friends. The pictures are beautiful and the cover is just mesmerizing. A great coffee table book.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amazing and so insperational!!!!! alexander mcqueen R.I.P is the most amazing creative designer who has ever walked the face of this earth. he is so amazing and his shows are like none other. if you have never heard of alexander mcqueen then you havent lived!
Date published: 2011-04-27

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Finalist for the 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Art category