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This tribute to Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) celebrates the genius of an iconic, imaginative, and inspirational fashion designer with more than 125 catwalk photographs of his work in addition to commentary from an experienced fashion journalist and tributes by prominent people in the fashion world. Also included are photographs from his last collection, presented at Paris Fashion Week in 2010, and hailed by international media and fashion reviewers. The Guardian called it "truly spectacular...a triumph"; the L.A. Times praised it as "masterpieces... runway showstoppers"; The Telegraph raved "The designs were vivid, dramatic and emphatic demonstration of the intense skill and artistry of McQueen" and The New York Times reviewed as "His vision of Gothic glory, with a world bathed in religious symbolism, was translated not just with immense subtlety and beauty but also with the urgent futurism that was the essence of his spirit."

McQueen's dramatic designs were artistically successful and internationally recognized. He earned the British Designer of the Year award four times and his work was particularly favored by his celebrity clients including Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Bjork, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

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From McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2006 collection From McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2006 collection From McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection


“What more could a coffee table want?” ―InStyle

“His famously over-the-top catwalk shows were as much art as fashion and the iconic moments we recall are captured in this coffee-table book.” ―

“If there was ever a book to collect, this one is it.” ―


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408130769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408130766
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York born Kristin Knox is the blogging force and personality behind the prominent style blog "The Clothes Whisperer."

Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Wellesley College, Kristin then attended Corpus Christi College at Oxford University where she read a Masters of Philosophy degree in Classical Languages and Literature, specializing in the reception of Latin epic poetry.

After completing her masters, Kristin embarked on a career in fashion journalism in London, working for publications such as the Financial Times, YOU Magazine and UK InStyle.

Knox has consulted for a list of prestigious brands including, Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry, MCM, Jaeger, Tommy Hilfiger, D&G and Tory Burch to name a few. She has also been profiled in Elle, InStyle, Nylon, Vogue Nippon and the New York Times.

An established author Knox's first book Alexander McQueen; Genius of a Generation sold out six times. Her new book Culture to Catwalk is due for release in September 2011.

Kristin currently resides in West London with her dog, Butters.

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145 of 148 people found the following review helpful By GMun on July 2, 2010
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I was thrilled at the though of a McQueen book. I was dubious about the low price, but purchased it anyway. I have been following McQueen's career since his first professional show, so when the book arrived my anticipation level was high. The book itself is about a 1/4 inch thick and about the size of a sheet of typing paper. The introduction was obvious and the pictures were lackluster. The author clearly threw this book together as a means to profit from his death. The images mainly focus on his later career. His early collections were skimmed over. Most of McQueen's ingenuity came from his early work. The author failed to acknowledge some of his most poignant collections like "Untitled", "13" or "La Poupee". If you have no idea who Alexander McQueen is, this book will not benefit you. Frankly, you can find out just as much information from his Wikipedia page and [...] images. For the die hard fan, this book is a MAJOR let down - avoid it at all cost.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Mallory M on July 7, 2010
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This book does not live up to McQueen's genius at all. It did not give the attention or presentation that a designer of his caliber deserves. How could it with only 120 some odd pages. They call it a tribute and supposedly The Guardian reviewed the book as a "triumph", seriously its none of that. I actually find the book a little insulting. The man was a genius and his work impeccable and this flimsy little picture book is all they could put together to honor a lifetime of work, I can't see it.

In my opinion it's a lazy tribute. The photos are all runway photos. There are two to three different looks for seasons from the last 10 or so years. So they wrote some stuff pulled some photos and slapped this together. I expected way more. way more. Whole collections presented in unique exquisite ways, similar to Christian Lacroix's book. Now that's a book or Yves Saint Laurent's "Style" book. I mean where the sketches, I would love to see McQueens sketches, where are the accessories, the shoes?

This is not an in depth book and it's lacking in so many ways. Buy it if your a fan and you have 20 dollars to spare but don't expect a lot if you do. As disappointed as I am though I am happy to have something. To me it's better than nothing at all but they could and should have made a better effort. I'm hoping eventually somebody else will
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Dissapointed on July 8, 2010
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A friend of mine pre-ordered this book as a gift for me. I am a die-hard McQueen fan. When the book finally arrived, I almost had a mindgasm imagining all of the wonderful images that would fill this book. I was seriously let down, like I had just fallen ten stories into a pile of bullocks.

If you are looking for a colorful book with plenty of history, images, life and vitality, this is not it at all. I am almost embarrassed to say I own this book. Knocks should be penalized for creating such a poorly executed biography.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By the slowly ablating wunderkind on September 3, 2010
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I'm not sure why this book has received such bad reviews. Because it's not some sort of elaborate end-all-be-all compendium and that's what people were hoping for?

One day soon, hopefully, someone will acquire the rights to photos of McQueen's designs and create an encyclopedic volume of his collections. But this book was published just a short time after his death and probably rushed through the presses. And people, the first time I saw this book, it was being sold in an Urban Outfitters dressing room. If you're expecting some kind of masterpiece, take a breath and calm down. You're expecting too much.

The color photos are of decent quality, the selection is fairly wide, and it showcases many of his iconic creations, including garments from: the collection inspired by the Salem Witch Trials, his tribute to late Isabella Blow (featuring millinery by Phillip Treacy), and his last and quite provocative collection. I saw that someone complained that there was too much focus on the later collections. Personally I prefer the collections of the last five years, but I suppose that is a matter of preference. And there certainly is no shortage of his designs from "the early days."

I flipped through the book solely to look at the pictures; I wasn't searching for a biography on McQueen. So I'm unable to evaluate the quality or depth of the writing. If you want something you can cut pictures out of to frame on your wall because you want to honor the memory of McQueen and his great genius without feeling bad that you defaced a book, look no further. If you want some kind of mega-book that encompasses his entire body of work, be patient; it shall come.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kristal Gittens on August 15, 2010
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Okay...First of all I pre-ordered the book. Am I delusional... because I remember seeing that the book was supposed to be about 300 pages?!! The biggest red flag was the change in the release date. That almost always means somebody either needed more time, or could not clear the rights to use imagery or information. My love for Lee Alexander McQueen's work began more that 10 years ago, and hearing of his death sent devastating shock waves through my being. I read about a book to be released in the summer, and yes I did think the timing was awfully early, but like many others I wanted a book to always treasure his legacy. So when the book arrived, and I opened the packaging and saw how flimsy and thin it was, I actually got a huge angry knot in my stomach and slammed the book down on my desk without even looking at it. After a week, I did finally look at the book cover to cover and fumed through every single page. No childhood pictures, no pics of his senior collection from Central Saint Martins, and most of all, hardly any pics of the master in his studio or the end of his runway show...Shame... The layout was god awful, heather gray border, and the offset of the images were like that of a senior yearbook. The actual info in the book was less informed than the designers own wikipedia page.
Please..If you are a die hard fan of McQueen, WAIT!!! Do not buy this piece of [...] excuse for book. There will be a respected curator/author, and publisher who will give all the time and dignity to create a masterful hardcover catalogue.
I will always think twice before I even consider buying any book published by A&C Black, and never will buy a book authored by Kristin Knox.
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