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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Hardcover)

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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

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.


ISBN 9780300169782
Genre DESIGN / Fashion
Format Hardcover
Pages 240
Publisher Date 2011-05-31 00:00:00.0
Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art
Copyright Year 2011
Height 13.5 in
Wdth 10.0 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 4.2 lb
Language English
Subtitle Savage Beauty
Audience General/trade
Authors Bolton, Andrew

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  • Fashion bible

    Critical for an designers or creative persons library

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  • This book rocks!

    I went to the actual exhibit in NYC and wanted to buy the book but could not afford it. Thanks to I was able to do so. I am happy to be able to recapture some of Alexander McQueen's most memorable outfits because of this book for waaaay less than the original price.

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  • The book was exactly what I wanted.

    Shipment of the product was the only concern. Whether that was due to the final delivery location or the item just sitting at a postal site.

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  • What a Deal!

    Amazing deal! I'm so glad I wanted to buy this book. It was double the cost at the exhibit. A truly AMAZING book. Bought one for me and the other for a friend for a little over the regular price. I'm thrilled!

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  • Fashion art meets coffee table book - stunning

    Amazing book that highlights a true artist's career. You will be in awe at the pieces Mcqueen created and will want everything! Great inspiration and everyone should have this book -- you will be motivated to create greatness. Beautifully done - all about the clothes and the feeling they give - well done!

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