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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (26 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300169787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300169782
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 25.4 x 34.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 "...the definitive reference of Lee Alexander McQueen."-Dean Mayo Davies, I-D Magazine -- Dean Mayo Davies I-D Magazine "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 "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) 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) Finalist for the 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Art category -- Book of the Year Finalist ForeWord Magazine

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Andrew Bolton is Curator and Harold Koda is Curator in Charge at The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tim Blanks is contributing editor of Style.com and Susannah Frankel is fashion editor of The Independent newspaper.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D Rix on 1 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This item was a bought as a gift for my girlfriend. She loves everything that is Alexander Mcqueen and this book was a great gift to her.

It has got full page glossy images of his designs with snippets of dialogue explaining influences and touches that make the deigns unigue (even though his designs were unique enough). Its a must buy for anyone who is a fan of Mcqueen and a fan of Fashion
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr Colin E Aldridge on 1 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book, A huge homage to the wonderful man himself. A high quality book, full of wonderful excellant photographic images. For a A.M. fan a MUST for a fashion fan in general or fashion student ESSENTIAL!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P.J.Bint on 23 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book knowing quite alot about McQueen and his work but on recieving this beautifully presented/designed book I was amazed by the excellent photographs which really bring out the craftsmanship of his work. The cover that changes into McQueen was an unexpected bonus. Even if he was still alive and he had this book published it is still a testimony to his skill at cutting a pattern, his tailoring skills and his empathy with fabrics and the way he combines hard with the soft. This book is certainly well worth the price and more.

Highly recommend.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 16 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The exhibition of the MET Savage Beauty about McQueen piece of work is just a highlight of how creative, outstanding and unique he was. The photos are beautifully edited and the selection of outfits are totally remarkable. It's a bit sad though to think we won't have his imagination anymore but we can enjoy this book, almost as a piece of art. Lucky those who have the chance to see the exhibition in NY.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PG on 31 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully presented book that serves to both support the material on display at the New York Met's Savage Beauty exhibition and is great retrospective on McQueen's work in its own right.

The pictures are lavish and at over A4-size they can do full justice to show his clothes both in their form and the exquisite detailing of tailoring and understanding of materials used. Most photographs stand on their own, although they are interspersed with quotations drawn from McQueen himself; these are generally very thoughtful and challenging and complement the photographs well.

The photos cover most of his professional work experience and so serve as a comprehensive introduction. The book follows the exhibition of drawing on the Romantic mind and sets most displays within that context, with that broken down to abstractions and sensibilities of the Gothic, nationalism, exoticism, primitivism & naturalism. There are also introductions that are helpful and informative, and a transcript of an interview with Sarah Burton, who developed her craft under McQueen from assistant to now Head of Design. In total, these make it much more than a simple exhibition catalogue.

This will obviously appeal to anybody who is a student of fashion and I would have thought a must for any enthusiast of McQueen.

I was lucky enough to visit what was truly a world-class exhibition on recommendation from a friend, and I am so glad I did. With no more than a passing interest in 'posh frocks', I left breathless and in complete awe of all that I had seen and the superlative presentation. Obviously, it is difficult for a book to compete with that, but it is challenging and engaging and throws light on his many key influences, and that which he has influenced, be they as diverse as Kate's wedding dress or Lady GaGa, along with many others.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Isobel on 2 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A must for any McQueen fan, the cover effect is enticing and the gorgeous full page pics are intercut with quotes from McQueen and people who worked with him, that provide a great insight into the mind of a man who was a visionaire
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Saxon on 21 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bought this as a gift for my girlfriend. She loved it and it is now her favourite book. She makes me wash my hands before turning the pages lol. Excellent quality and the content is superb.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By arcomarco on 30 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Subtle, explicit, wonderful.
Notabel the retouching work.
Rare and wonderful example of what is the work of a fashion designer.
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