- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Race Point Publishing; First edition (October 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937994007
- ISBN-13: 978-1937994006
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alexander McQueen: Evolution Hardcover – October 15, 2012
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From Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, his 1992 graduate collection, to Plato's Atlantis, the last show before his death in 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen was as celebrated for the exquisite tailoring, meticulous craftsmanship, and stunning originality of his designs as he was notorious for his theatrical—and often controversial—runway shows. McQueen found inspiration for his avant-garde collections everywhere: his Scottish ancestry, Alfred Hitchcock movies, Yoruba mythology, the destruction of the environment—even the fashion industry itself. Whatever his inspiration, however, McQueen’s concept for his runway show came first and was crucial to the development of the collection. Every show had a narrative and was staged with his characteristic dramatic flair. Illustrated throughout with stunning photography and liberally sprinkled with quotations from McQueen and those who knew him best, Alexander McQueen: Evolution is the story of the designer’s thirty-five runway shows and the genius behind them.
About the Author
A longtime admirer of Alexander McQueen’s work, Katherine A. Gleason (New York, NY) is the author of more than thirty books for adults and young people, including Masterpieces in 3-D: M.C. Escher and the Art of Illusion and Releasing the Goddess Within. Her short stories have appeared in Alimentum: The Literature of Food, Cream City Review, Mississippi Review online, River Styx, and Southeast Review. She has also written articles for several periodicals, including the Boston Globe, Connoisseur, and Women’s Feature Service.
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Warning: my mailman stuffed my book in a small mailbox instead of leaving it where packages should be picked up and I was pretty angry about that (not the amazon seller’s fault of course,) but after opening the package the book wasn’t ruined in any way. So it is pretty sturdy! :p
The illustrations are, unfortunately, limited (by copyright? by license?) and don't fully represent the power of the text.
Nevertheless, this is perhaps one of the best insights into the rise and decline and rise and rise, and so on, of one of the world's greatest designers.
The thing to do is read the descriptions and look at the photos while watching the shows on Youtube.