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on 21 September 2017
The lenticular cover of a portrait of Alexander McQueen changing by degree into a skull is a stunning piece of book design. This is the book that was produced for the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition in New York. Clothes are shown on lifeless white painted manequins and mostly photographed in black and white. In a way it is a pity that this book wasn’t expanded and re-edited to include the changes which were made for the”Savage Beauty’ exhibition at the V&A London. It would have been good to see working notes or drawings of how the designs started out. Terrifuc book for students of fashion.
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on 23 August 2017
Excellent
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on 29 July 2017
Very nice coffee table book, with beautiful pictures of McQueen's most iconic creations.
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on 14 September 2014
Fast Delivery & well packaged. This book is worth every penny. Amazing Costume dresses. What beautiful creativity McQueen had.
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on 5 April 2016
Beautiful
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on 13 March 2017
Great book!
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on 2 May 2017
Alexander McQueen ❤️
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on 23 July 2017
Amazing great book 📚
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on 1 July 2011
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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on 31 July 2011
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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