Alexander McQueen has grasped the public's imagination like few other fashion designers before him, with exhibitions dedicated to his work continuing to attract record visitor numbers. Almost 500,000 people visited the V&A's 2015 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' exhibition, making it the most popular in the museum's history. Opening with a brief essay on the designer's work, Alexander McQueen: Unseen unfolds chronologically. Each collection is introduced by a concise text by Claire Wilcox, one of the foremost experts on the McQueen's work, revisiting the designer's most iconic creations across his entire career and revealing previously unseen behind- the-scenes moments that capture models, hairdressers, stylists, make-up artists and Alexander McQueen himself at their most candid and creative. Robert Fairer's stunning and high-energy photographs, all previously unpublished, capture the glamour, grit and spirit that made McQueen's flamboyant shows unique. A treasure-trove of inspiration, they make this publication a must-have reference for fashion and photography lovers alike.
Robert Fairer was American Vogue's exclusive backstage photographer for over a decade, working with such outstanding figures as Andre Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles and Sarah Mower, and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator of Fashion, Victoria and Albert Museum and Professor in Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion. She curated the record-breaking 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' exhibition in 2015.
Sally Singer is US Vogue's Creative Digital Director.
Preface: Sally Singer Introduction: Claire Wilcox Essay: Robert Fairer Nihilism Highland Rape The Hunger Dante Bellmer La Poupee It's a Jungle Out There Untitled Joan No.13 The Overlook Eye What a Merry Go Round The Dance of the Twisted Bull Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Irere Scanners Deliverance Pantheon ad Lucem Black It's Only a Game The Man Who New Too Much Neptune The Windows of Culloden Sarabande In Memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem, 1692 La Dame Bleue The Girl Who Lived in the Tree Natural Dis-tinction, Un-natural Selection The Horn of Plenty Plato's Atlantis Notes on the Collections Credits Acknowledgements Index
'Provides a privileged view into one of the most original, forward-thinking and prolific designers in the history of fashion' - Fad Magazine 'Provides a glimpse of a true original at work' - Harrods Magazine 'Everything from robots to snow machines to rain on the catwalk, [Robert Fairer] gathers those moments, along with all the madness backstage' - W magazine 'A unique insight into the strange, brilliant world of Alexander McQueen' - Daily Telegraph 'An immense and intense monograph of unparalleled beauty' - iD 'Intimate meditation' - Vanity Fair 'Fairer's vibrant, behind-the-scenes snaps [give] a fresh perspective on the work of one of fashion's most celebrated talents' - Vogue UK
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