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Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation Paperback – July 1, 2010
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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 evocative...an 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.
A Look Inside Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation
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“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.” ―Glam.co.uk
“If there was ever a book to collect, this one is it.” ―FabSugar.com
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had excellent photos of all the different outfits the models wore in his shows. He created outfits that too him were his own nightmares. Everything was autobiographical. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Yary
Such a great overview of McQueen's life and past! Has photos of at least 2 pieces from each of his collections. The paperback is a nice size and easy to carry around.Published on December 23, 2013 by J. Brown
A family member studying fashion design and photography asked for this book as a gift. That is why the title of my review is "It was good, maybe. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Kittie Woolliscroft
Yes, the book was short, and a little small. And yes maybe it didn't have your favorite McQueen pieces, but it's just one short little book that was compiled not long after he... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Boston Novelist
Alexander McQueen once said 'Clothes and jewelry should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Grady Harp
I just got back from seeing the McQueen exhibit at the Met. It was so beautiful, I knew I wanted more McQueen, anything. I'm so glad I didn't pay attention to the negative reviews. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by Richard A. DiGioia
A great celebration of the creative work that made McQueen a fashion icon. Be aware that this book is more like a snaphot than an anthology. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by HP2210