Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew BoltonAlexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

byAndrew BoltonContribution byTim Blanks, Susannah Frankel

Hardcover | May 31, 2011

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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.

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
Title:Alexander McQueen: Savage BeautyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 13.12 × 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


Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVORITE BOOK. I have 3 copies of this book. The photographs and quotes are beautiful. The cover makes for a beautiful coffee table book.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous! Love this book so much! I missed the exhibit, but this is the next best thing. The book itself is beautifully made and formatted, with stunning detailed photographs that highlights things you should take note of in each garment. Of all the books about McQueen, this is the best one. Long Live McQueen
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool cover! Bought this a few months ago and it looks great as a coffee table book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing cover !!! I loved reading about such a creative soul ....AND the pics of his creations are absolutely stunning....
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! This book really takes you through McQueen's entire thought process behind his designs, revealing his personality, where he draws inspiration, and what he hopes to achieve through his clothes. Must have for fashion lovers!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book has some of the most insperational designs out there. From edgy, to classic, to revolutionary, this collection of Alexander McQueen's pieces is truely something else.
Date published: 2016-12-12
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

Editorial Reviews

"Excellent catalogue."—The Huffington Post"An authoritative and moving insight into the legacy of the British designer."—Carola Long, Financial Times (Christmas Books)"This book . . . helps illuminate McQueen's artistic process. Recommended for readers with an interest in contemporary fashion."—Library Journal"For those still wanting to view McQueen's fashion creations, the book shines on."—Lonny Magazine"The catalog—with its gorgeous images places alongside provocative, incisive, and often puzzling conversational quotes from the designer himself—makes for an interesting way to get a peek at the show for those of us who won’t be lucky enough to make it to New York this summer."—Creative Loafing". . . an oversized art collection highly recommended for any college-level arts holding. . . . The most radical designs of his career are presented here, with critical analysis perfect for any arts or fashion library."—The Midwest Book Review"The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum's Alexander McQueen retrospective has proven so popular that the exhibit has been extended until August 7. But if that still isn't enough time for you to get down to see it, the next best thing to a New York City jaunt is the definitive monograph, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty."—National Post"[T]his book itself is a showstopper."—C. Donaldson, Choice