Alexander McQueen - Bolton, Andrew; Blanks, Tim; Frankel, Susannah; Sundsbø, Sølve - Yale University Press
  • May 31, 2011
    240 p., 9 3/4 x 13 1/4
    284 color + 3 b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300169782
    Cloth over Board: $50.00 

Art and Architecture

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press 

Alexander McQueen

Savage Beauty

  • Andrew Bolton; With contributions by Susannah Frankel and Tim Blanks; Photography by Sølve Sundsbø
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Winner of a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Most Outstanding Design category.

Winner of the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival award for Photography and Art.

Winner of the Awards for Excellence in 2011, as given by the Association of Art Museum

Finalist for the 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Art category

Read an interview with Andrew Bolton on the Yale Press Log

Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.

Published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute, this stunning book includes a preface by Andrew Bolton; an introduction by Susannah Frankel; an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton, creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen; illuminating quotes from the designer himself; provocative and captivating new photography by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø; and a lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the astounding creativity and originality of a designer who relentlessly questioned and confronted the requisites of fashion.

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


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