Fashion is a big bubble, and sometimes I feel like popping it.' Alexander McQueen, 2009 This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) invites you into the creative mind of one of Britain's most brilliant, daring and provocative designers. Accompanying the V&A's landmark exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, this comprehensive catalogue features 28 ground-breaking essays from expert fashion commentators and cultural scholars which examine the richness and complexity of McQueen's visionary fashion. The publication includes over 440 striking images, from intimate backstage portraits and editorials by leading fashion photographers to previously unpublished sketches and research boards from the McQueen archive. At the centre of the book is a Cabinet of Curiosities gatefold with a specially commissioned photo shoot that showcases McQueen's breath-taking attention to detail. The book closes with an encyclopaedic survey of all of McQueen's London collections, from his 1992 MA graduate collection to his final collection, posthumously presented in March 2010.
Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of the Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion at the V&A and Professor of Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion.
FOREWORDS: Sponsor's Foreword, Nadja Swarovski; Foreword, Jonathan Akeroyd; Director's Foreword, Martin Roth/ INTRODUCTION: In Search of the Sublime, Andrew Bolton; Edward Scissorhands, Claire Wilcox/ No. 1: A SENSE OF PLACE: Su[i]ture: Tailoring and the Fashion Metropolis, Christopher Breward; Clan MacQueen, Ghislaine Wood; Central Saint Martins, Louise Rytter; Drawing a Line, Abraham Thomas; The Early Years, Susannah Frankel/ No.2: ARTISTRY: Plato's Atlantis: Anatomy of a Collection, Claire Wilcox; Givenchy, Edwina Ehrman; Walking Out, Helen Persson; Refashioning Japan, Anna Jackson; Nature Boy, Jonathan Faiers/ No. 3: SENSIBLITY: A Gothic Mind, Catherine Spooner; Memento Mori, Eleanor Townsend; Layers of Meaning, Kirstin Kennedy; Wasteland/Wonderland, Zoe Whitley/ No. 4: VISCERA: Museum of the Mind, Lisa Skogh; The Cabinet of Curiosities; Modelling McQueen: Hard Grace, Caroline Evans; Armouring the Body, Clare Phillips; Crowning Glory, Oriole Cullen/ No. 5: SPECTACLE: Show, and Tell, Alexander Fury; Making-up, Janice Miller; Ghosts, Bill Sherman; Coup de Theatre, Keith Lodwick; Dance, Jane Pritchard/ No. 6: Imagination: The Shining and Chic, Alistair O'Neill; Fashion-able, Jefferson Hack; Nightmares and Dreams, Susanna Brown/ Encyclopedia of Collections: Kate Bethune/ Chronology; Notes; Further Reading; Acknowledgements; Picture Credits; Index