Alexander McQueen: Evolution

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Race Point Publishing, Oct 15, 2012 - Design - 216 pages
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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. Highland Rape featured disheveled models smeared with “blood” staggering down the runway in town clothes. In Scanners, two robots sprayed paint on a model trapped on a spinning platform. In Widows of Culloden, a hologram of supermodel Kate Moss held center stage. Other McQueen shows staged models walking through water, drifting snowflakes, rain, and wind tunnels; pole-dancing in garish makeup at a carnival, playing living pieces in a bizarre chess game, and performing with trained dancers in a Depression-era-style marathon. 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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Nihilism SpringSummer 1994
19
Banshee FallWinter 199495
23
The Birds SpringSummer 1995
27
Highland Rape FallWinter 199596
31
The Hunger SpringSummer 1996
35
Dante FallWinter 199697
39
La Poupée SpringSummer 1997
43
Irere SpringSummer 2003
101
Scanners FallWinter 200304
107
Deliverance SpringSummer 2004
111
Pantheon ad Lecum FallWinter 200405
121
Its Only a Game SpringSummer 2005
127
The Man Who Knew Too Much FallWinter 200506
135
Neptune SpringSummer 2006
141
Widows of Culloden FallWinter 200607
147

Its a Jungle Out There FallWinter 199798
47
Untitled SpringSummer 1998
51
Joan FallWinter 199899
55
No 13 SpringSummer 1999
59
The Overlook FallWinter 19992000
65
Eye SpringSummer 2000
71
Eshu FallWinter 200001
75
VOSS SpringSummer 2001
79
What a MerryGoRound FallWinter 200102
87
The Dance of the Twisted Bull SpringSummer 2002
93
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious FallWinter 200203
97
Sarabande SpringSummer 2007
155
In Memory of Elizabeth How FallWinter 200708
163
La Dame Bleue SpringSummer 2008
171
The Girl Who Lived in the Tree FallWinter 200809
179
NATURAL DISTINCTION UNNATURAL SELECTION SpringSummer 2009
187
The Horn of Plenty FallWinter 200910
195
Platos Atlantis SpringSummer 2010
205
Posthumous Collection FallWinter 201011
211
Epilogue
215
Photo Credits
216
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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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