'Fashion is a big bubble, and sometimes I feel like popping it.' Alexander McQueen, 2009
This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) invites you into the creative mind and world of one of Britain's most brilliant, daring and provocative designers, and the many themes and references that shaped his visionary fashion collections. Accompanying the V&A's landmark exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, and taking the key themes of the exhibition of tailoring, gothic, primitivism, naturalism and futurism, this comprehensive catalogue features previously unseen material as well as ground-breaking essays and feature spreads by multiple authors and leading fashion commentators. This kaleidoscopic approach explores themes central to the designer's work and his collections, such as the psychology of fashion, natural history, the theatre and spectacle of his shows, and the key creative collaborators during McQueen's lifetime.
Alexander McQueen also offers an encyclopaedic survey of McQueen's catwalk collections, illustrated with striking images by leading fashion photographers, and specially commissioned photographs that capture the breath-taking skill of his designs and theatricality of his shows.
About the Author
Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of the Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion at the V&A and Professor of Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion. She curated the exhibitions Vivienne Westwood (V&A 2004), and The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (V&A 2007), and also edited the accompanying catalogues.
FOREWORDS: Sponsor's Foreword, Nadja Swarovski; Foreword, Jonathan Akeroyd; Director's Foreword, Martin Roth/ INTRODUCTION: In Search of the Sublime, Andrew Bolton; Edward Scissorhands, Claire Wilcox/ No. 1: A SENSE OF PLACE: Su[i]ture: Tailoring and the Fashion Metropolis, Christopher Breward; Clan MacQueen, Ghislaine Wood; Central Saint Martins, Louise Rytter; Drawing a Line, Abraham Thomas; The Early Years, Susannah Frankel/ No.2: ARTISTRY: Plato's Atlantis: Anatomy of a Collection, Claire Wilcox; Givenchy, Edwina Ehrman; Walking Out, Helen Persson; Refashioning Japan, Anna Jackson; Nature Boy, Jonathan Faiers/ No. 3: SENSIBLITY: A Gothic Mind, Catherine Spooner; Memento Mori, Eleanor Townsend; Layers of Meaning, Kirstin Kennedy; Wasteland/Wonderland, Zoe Whitley/ No. 4: VISCERA: Museum of the Mind, Lisa Skogh; The Cabinet of Curiosities; Modelling McQueen: Hard Grace, Caroline Evans; Armouring the Body, Clare Phillips; Crowning Glory, Oriole Cullen/ No. 5: SPECTACLE: Show, and Tell, Alexander Fury; Making-up, Janice Miller; Ghosts, Bill Sherman; Coup de Theatre, Keith Lodwick; Dance, Jane Pritchard/ No. 6: Imagination: The Shining and Chic, Alistair O'Neill; Fashion-able, Jefferson Hack; Nightmares and Dreams, Susanna Brown/ Encyclopedia of Collections: Kate Bethune/ Chronology; Notes; Further Reading; Acknowledgements; Picture Credits; Index
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st May 2015
Publisher: V & A Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 31.8 x 25.0
Weight (kg): 2.38
Edition Number: 1