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Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation [Paperback]

Kristin Knox
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6 Oct 2014
A tribute to Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010. An iconic, imaginative, and inspirational fashion designer whose work turned heads and hearts all over the world. 125 stunning fashion show/catwalk photographs, with commentary by an experienced fashion journalist.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (6 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408130769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408130766
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'His infamously over-the-top catwalk shows were as much art as fashion and the iconic moments we recall are captured in this new coffee-table must-have.' (March 2010)

'What more could a coffee table want?' --InStyle (2010)

'If there was ever a book to collect, this one is it.' - 2010

About the Author

Kristin Knox is a successful international fashion blogger and journalist with a masters degree in Classical Literature from the University of Oxford. She attends all the international Fashion Weeks on behalf of her blog,, and has also reported back for a variety of publications including the FT Weekend, GLAM UK, and Fashion Confidential. Beyond editorial, this New Yorker turned Londoner works as online social and media consultant for various prestigious international brands and is currently amassing an impressive portfolio of runway photography. She also worked briefly as a stylist at Vogue Russia and UK Glamour as well as an events photographer for <>Vice Magazine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Genius of a Generation 20 Jan 2011
By Effie
McQueen "Genius of a generation", written by fashion journalist and blogger Kristin Knox, is a stunning visual and informative collection of British fashion designer Alexander Lee McQueen's best work, dating from 1969 -2010. The book also gives an insight into his past, and how he became an icon in the fashion industry as well as his untimely death in February 2010.

Born in March 1969 in London's east end, McQueen was the youngest of six children. His talent for fashion design began at a young age and he felt an outsider at school and at home. Once leaving school, McQueen had various apprenticeships where he took on skills that gained him a reputation in the fashion world later on. In 1992 McQueen completed a postgraduate course at Central St Martins where he met friend, and mentor, Isabella Blow. He was the head designer at the Givenchy label for five years before starting his own labels Alexander McQueen and McQ. His daring and imaginative designs often caused controversy like the 'bumster' trousers shown in his Spring/ Summer 2001 collection. As well as his designs McQueen was well known for his unconventional and theatrical runway shows like the lifesize hologram of Kate Moss for his Fall/Winter 2006 show. He has won the british designer of the year award four times over his career. His famous clientelle include Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

Being a huge fan of McQueens work i was eager to read this book. In my opinion this is one of the best books i have had the pleasure to read in a long time. Although i already knew a lot about Alexander McQueens work this book gave me insight into his life before becoming a designer, as well as what inspires his collections (his re-occuring reference to birds).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alexander McQueen: Genius of a generation 17 Jan 2011
By vixen
This book contains some wonderfull creations and all are shown in full colour.But, after flicking through the pages I was left disappointed. In my opinion McQueen has produced a diverse and exciting range of garments, which, unfortunately are not pictured in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notes on a "Genius"! 28 Oct 2010
A couple of books this year have really blown me away and this was one of them. McQueen, my ultimate all time favourite designer, I just had to have it. In my opinion it took the best of all of his amazing creative collections and put it all together. The quality of the book itself is great. I guess it had to be to be able to really see how beautiful all the pieces were, as with McQueen the beauty was in the detail beneath the detail! He was a truly creative mastermind and will be sadly missed. Its a great coffee table book but also great as a pictorial history of some of his most creative and influential pieces that rocked the fashion world! A beautiful book and a great price for a little slice of beauty! Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars McQueen's Sumptuous Masterpieces 4 July 2010
Alexander McQueen being my all-time favorite designer I was eager to get this book the moment it came out. Lots beyond fabulous pics of his work, but wish it were 3 times as thick. Alot there, but it leaves you wanting MORE!Particularly liked the fact that pieces of his last collection , Fall 2010, are included!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 15 Jun 2011
I love this book, it highlights McQueens biggest achievements and most controversial moments. I would have prefered a little more content but its worth buying if your a McQueen fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars genius 28 Nov 2010
By J. Bird
given as birthday present to a McQueen fan, flicked through before wrapping up and it has some fabulous images in it,title of book is perfect description Alexander McQueen was a 'Genius of a Generation'
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful present 21 Jan 2012
By Tracey
I bought this book for a good friend, and as she is not a "reader" as such, she loves fashion, and this book not only satisfied hher love for Alexander McQueens designs, but there was not too much written word. 5Stars indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Feb 2013
By Jackie
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I bought this book as a gift and the recipient was over the moon with it. Had a flick through before I gave it away and it is a stunning book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book.
My daughter chose this as her prize giving prize (she got it for art!) and she has been glued to it ever since and getting lots of inspiration from the lovely, big pictures and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zetta Morton
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Fab book,really nice to have as a memory of Alexander McQueen, fabulous photo's of his most memorable creations.Would reccomend it to anyone who loves fashion. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars McQueen...
I bought this for my fashion mad girlfriend for her birthday. She loved it!
I'm not big on fashion, but by the look on her face, I can tell that this is a good buy for fashion... Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by Wezza T
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander McQueen - Genius of a Generation
For the price, this book is a must. I teach secondary Art & Design students and the visual images are excellent and really show off what McQueen is about. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2011 by Zed
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!
I bought this for my best friend for Christmas.

She's a fashion undergraduate, you see and McQueen was always her favourite. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Melissa Reynolds-lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a great book for anyone interested in Alexander Mcqueens work. There are also photographs showing a range of his work including some that he did for Lady Gaga.
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by jenap
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
Well, I had a great expectation about this book and unfortunately when I received it I was desapointed with some details (mistakes in legenda). Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by SOFIA B. Kr
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