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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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'McQueen’s brilliance is celebrated in this sumptuous tome…The hologram cover makes it a collector’s item.' - Harpers Bazaar

Buy the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty book - the exhibition catalogue to the show at the Metropolitan Museum

Accompanying the Metropolitan Museum of Art's landmark exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty provides an in-depth look at one of Britain's most brilliant and provocative fashion designers.  

Featuring the most important and radical designs of his career, this beautiful volume examines McQueen's evolution from the start of his fledgling label, to his years as creative director at Givenchy in Paris, and finally to the collections of his own world-renowned London house. It reveals how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialised techniques of haute couture—such as lacework, embroidery, and featherwork— and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. 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.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was named one of the Top Ten Best Books of 2011 by Library Journal, included in Time's list of Best Gift Books for 2011 and listed in the Best of Art Books section of The Wall Street Journal's Gift Guide.​

  • Author: Andrew Bolton, Curator, Met Museum
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Date published:  April 2011
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300169782
  • Product Dimensions: 34.3 x 25.4 x 3.2cm
Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty book​

'McQueen's brilliance is celebrated in this sumptuous tome ... The hologram cover makes it a collector's item' - Harper's Bazaar

'The haunting holographic image on the front of the catalogue is evocative and mesmerizing' - The Telegraph

'The book's cover shows a single, holographic image of McQueen's face that dissolves, at a tilt, into a sinister, molten metal skull. It's a poignant trick, a reminder that McQueen's personal demons tempered his aesthetic as much as his anti-establishment politics and wild imagination ... This remarkable, intensely detailed art ... is mesmerizing in Solve Sundsbo's static, mannequin photographs ... Many books will come dedicated to [McQueen's] genius, but Savage Beauty will remain a beacon' - Brisbane Times

' .. a knockout career overview of the British fashion designer ... . the book provides an in-depth exploration of six McQueen collections ... [and] photographs of mannequins in McQueen pieces showcase every stage of the designers innovative, provocative and influential 19-year career.' - Metro

'... curator Andrew Bolton has created a companion book of 2250 exquisite images ... Personal quotes feature opposite McQueen's deeply personal fashion, creating a remarkable approximation of an autobiography.' - Irish Examiner

'a sumptuous catalogue ... There is enough detail to satisfy the student of fashion and striking full-page images that convey McQueen's sense of style and his flair for dramatic statements. It is no mean feat to express movement and life on static mannequins, but [photographer Solve] Sundsbo makes the designers creations float, dance, and strut' - V&A Magazine
'While most people, by now, will have heard much about the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, ... not much attention has been paid to the text of the exhibition catalog ... The book itself is a beautiful object, printed in Italy, with a now-familiar hologram of McQueen's face juxtaposed with a skull. The catalog is visually stunning' -

'An authoritative and moving insight into the legacy of the British designer ... Sensitive and intelligent introductions explore his career, working methods, and the complex psyche behind his dramatic creations' - Financial Times

'In place of the hugely evocative and wildly dramatic wide-angled images for which McQueen's presentations were well-known, are Solve Sundsbo's quieter and mournfully lovely photographs of his work, often seen up close, and that elevate McQueen from showman to bona fide artist ...' - The Independent

'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ... is, even with good essays by Andrew Bolton and Susannah Frankel, primarily a visual experience. From its unnerving cover picture ... through its astonishing photographs of his extremist couture, it captures at least some of the hard-to-shake atmosphere of a show that is bound to have lasting reverberations' - The New York Times

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