Alexander McQueen
  • 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 
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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


“McQueen’s brilliance is celebrated in this sumptuous tome that accompanies the Costume Institute’s spring retrospective. The hologram cover makes it a collector’s item.”—Harper’s Bazaar

“A captivating tribute to the designer’s most radical and beautiful creations….I love all the detail shots which highlight the sheer intricacy of his work.”—Claire Brayford, Daily Express

“A super-glossy and utterly gorgeous coffee table tome, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is a must for any fashionista.”—Living North

“….a stunning overview of the work of Britain’s favourite designer.”—Observer Magazine

“….the definitive reference of Lee Alexander McQueen.”—Dean Mayo Davies, I-D Magazine

“The show and book, Savage Beauty, offer plenty of ammunition to the charge that the fashion and art world will never see the like of Alexander McQueen again.”—Laurence Mackin, Irish Times

“Many books will come dedicated to his genius, but Savage Beauty will remain a beacon.”—Janice Breen Burns, Sydney Morning Herald

“…..a sumptuous catalogue……His designs are beautifully interpreted by London-based Norwegian fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo. There is detail enough to satisfy the student of fashion, and striking full-page images that convey McQueen’s sense of style and his flair for dramatic statements.”—Eleri Lynn, V & A Magazine

“[A] stunning book.”—Baby & Me Exclusive

“Alexander McQueen, famed for his astonishing and extravagant runaway presentations on the catwalk is revealed extensively in this remarkable book…..This goldmine book available in hardcover with lenticular image is a must-have addition to your library and a way of keeping the memory and work of Alexander McQueen alive.”—Bite Magazine

“This book … helps illuminate McQueen's artistic process. Recommended for readers with an interest in contemporary fashion.” —Library Journal

“Excellent catalogue” —The Huffington Post

“For those still wanting to view McQueen's fashion creations, the book shines on.” —Lonny Magazine

“ The catalog—with its gorgeous images places alongside provocative, incisive, and often puzzling conversational quotes from the designer himself—makes for an interesting way to get a peek at the show for those of us who won’t be lucky enough to make it to New York this summer.”—Creative Loafing

". . . an oversized art collection highly recommended for any college-level arts holding . . . The most radical designs of his career are presented here, with critical analysis perfect for any arts or fashion library."—The Midwest Book Review

"The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum's Alexander McQueen retrospective has proven so popular that the exhibit has been extended until August 7. But if that still isn't enough time for you to get down to see it, the next best thing to a New York City jaunt is the definitive monograph, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty."—National Post

"[T]his book itself is a showstopper."—C. Donaldson, Choice

“An authoritative and moving insight into the legacy of the British designer.”—Carola Long, The Financial Times (Christmas Books)