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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Fashion Studies)

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Celebrating the astounding creativity and originality of designer Alexander McQueen, who relentlessly questioned and confronted the requisites of fashion An authoritative and moving insight into the legacy of the British designer. 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. Published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, this stunning book includes a preface by curator Andrew Bolton; an introduction by Susannah Frankel; an interview with Sarah Burton, creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen, conducted by Tim Blanks; and illuminating commentary from the designer himself. The show and book, Savage Beauty, offer plenty of ammunition to the charge that the fashion and art world will never see the like of Alexander McQueen again . McQueen was an iconoclast who used fashion as a means to communicate his artistic sensibilities and he delighted in controversy as a way to conjure emotion from viewers.

From the lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen ('Lenticular printing is a technology in which a lenticular lens is used to produce images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles') to the layout or deign of the book itself to the extraordinary photography (by Sølve Sundsbø) this book is an art piece by itself. No sólo es un libro de moda y un libro de arte, sino un libro para mirar, admirar, disfrutar, inspirarse, escapar. Produced to coincide with an exhibit of the late designer's work, this is more tour de force than catalog. The magnificent book features exclusive photos and descriptions of Andrew Bolton's introductions, Tim Blanks' interview with Sarah Burton, and informative quotes from the designer himself.

Este libro incluye citas de Alexander, entrevistas con sus amigos y colabores más cercanos, así como fotografías de la muestra extraordinaria que realizó el Metropolitan Museum of Art de Nueva York en el 2011, realizada a un año de la muerte del diseñador, que incluyó 66 piezas de sus mejores vestidos, así como algunos diseños de sus primeras colecciones. Bolton, Andrew, with Jan Glier Reeder, Jessica Regan, and Amanda Garfinkel; introduction by Theodore Martin; short story by Michael Cunningham; photography by Nicholas Alan Cope. Lush photography blended with essays provides a 360-degree view of Englands most audacious designer . The book is visually stunning, with full page photographs of individual pieces that permits you to study the exquisite detail of each garment and accessory up close. McQueen drew notice with his fashions that made femininity collide with masculinity, gowns and dresses that created a continuing dichotomy between life and death, lightness and darkness, predator and prey, man and machine.

Amazed by how intuitively precise McQueen was with his work, I find the stills in this book even more breath-taking. I was delighted to find that the library had a borrowable copy of this sumptuous hardback volume, with its eerie cover hologram. Into that yearning breach left by McQueen's death and [Kristen Knox's] unsatisfactory book delivered to his flock of followers, has dropped curator Andrew Bolton's definitive Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty . El libro muestra los mejores atuendos de sus colecciones como: Jack stalks his victims (1994), Highland Rape (1995), Dante (1996), It’s a Jungle out there (1997), Joan (1998), No.To quote from the introduction of the book itself, "The latest in a long line of male homosexual designers who exploit women while pandering to their own fantasies. 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 also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures found in McQueen's collections and in his extravagant runway presentations, which suggested the most avant-garde installation and performance art. Careful editing means the result offers a powerful insight into the darker side of the designer’s mind.

McQueen's work, as illustrated in this book, asks as many questions as it answers, and that seems to be the mark of great art. The front cover of the exhibition catalog takes a page straight out of the Mapplethorpe playbook: a plastic lenticular panel features a frontal headshot of the designer that, when moved, morphs into a chrome-plated skull.Technical ingenuity imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at fashion's vanguard. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum’s Alexander McQueen retrospective has proven so popular that the exhibit has been extended until August 7.

Inside photographer Solve Sundsbo's full-page mannequin photographs make the designer's creations float, dance, and strut.Intended to be the most thorough assessment of Alexander McQueen’s entire career, this book includes in-depth studies of six collections that illustrate and encapsulate his work as well as an interview with Sarah Burton, the new creative director of Alexander McQueen who had been the designer’s right-hand design aide since 1996. No matter how I try to express my concern over the mystification of the tragic genius, the only way to end this is to say, What a shame. Being able to skip the queue and enjoy an extra hour before the museum opened was worth every tax-deductible dollar of membership. Despite his untimely death, McQueen's rebellious spirit and revolutionary way of thinking will hopefully inspire the next generation of great designers. The book closes with an encyclopaedic survey of all of McQueen's London collections, from his 1992 MA graduate collection to his final collection, posthumously presented in March 2010.

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