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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty [Hardcover]

Andrew Bolton , Tim Blanks , Susannah Frankel , Sølve Sundsbø
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May 31 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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“McQueen’s brilliance is celebrated in this sumptuous tome that accompanies the Costume Institute’s spring retrospective. The hologram cover makes it a collector’s item.”—Harper’s Bazaar (Harpers Bazaar 2011-05-01)

“….the definitive reference of Lee Alexander McQueen.”—Dean Mayo Davies, I-D Magazine
(Dean Mayo Davies I-D Magazine 2011-05-01)

“Many books will come dedicated to his genius, but Savage Beauty will remain a beacon.”—Janice Breen Burns, Sydney Morning Herald
(Janice Breen Burns Sydney Morning Herald 2011-06-01)

“This book … helps illuminate McQueen's artistic process. Recommended for readers with an interest in contemporary fashion.” —Library Journal
(Library Journal)

“Excellent catalogue” —The Huffington Post
(The Huffington Post)

“For those still wanting to view McQueen's fashion creations, the book shines on.” —Lonny Magazine
(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
(Creative Loafing)

"[T]his book itself is a showstopper."—C. Donaldson, Choice
(C. Donaldson Choice)

“An authoritative and moving insight into the legacy of the British designer.”—Carola Long, The Financial Times (Christmas Books)
(Carola Long The Financial Times (Christmas Books) 2011-12-26)

Winner of the Awards for Excellence in 2011, as given by the Association of Art Museum
(2011 Award for Excellence Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) 2012-06-06)

Finalist for the 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Art category
(Book of the Year Finalist ForeWord Magazine 2012-06-06)

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and perfect June 17 2011
By M.
I bought the book before going to see the show (twice!) at the Metropolitain Museum. It is a very well done book on McQueen's work and recalls the Met show perfectly.
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this book is fantastic and best quality which shows details of garments😄😄😄love it!!!😍😍😍 and it's delivered 3 days before the schedule date><
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2017 May 16 2014
By Annie
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the last collection of Mcqueen, delicate photos of Mcqueen's art piece, great inspiration book for people who loves fashion and Queen's style.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifull pictures Dec 31 2013
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Great pictures of the collection that was show in MET. If you are looking for an autobiography type of book though, this one is not for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Context is Everything Nov. 30 2013
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Alexander McQueen’s incredible influence can be attributed to smashing convention and challenging people to rethink the status quo. He took fashion out of its own realm by expressing ideas through his design. His work confronted race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. The book coincided with the wildly successful exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (my daughter and I tried getting in to no avail given the crowds). McQueen was a technical innovator who knew how to employ theater and extravagance to deliver incredible runway presentations that showed his works of art in the superb creative context.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought Oct. 21 2013
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This book is visually beautiful, and has insight into the dedigners inspirations and history. I was hoping it would be more inviting to read, as the writng is small . Elegant but edgy coffee table book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any McQueen or Fashion admirer Jan. 15 2013
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Any admirer of Alexander McQueen will love this book! The photography is fantastic, especially because the mannequins are so life like. Even if you are not a McQueen fan his tailoring is exquisite. The interview with McQueen's assistant at the end gives you an insight into McQueen's process. If you have a McQueen fan that you are buying a gift for this is the book! (if they don't already have it!) I prefer it to the McQueen book with the red dress on the cover as that book is very informative, but has very few pictures. This book is chalked full of pictures and has a good amount of information about McQueen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure art Jan. 14 2013
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Nice to be able to study the shots and appreciate the haut couture skills of that genius. Would love to have seen the show itself.
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