Download PDF by Kristin Knox: Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation

By Kristin Knox

ISBN-10: 1408130769

ISBN-13: 9781408130766

This tribute to Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) celebrates the genius of an iconic, ingenious, and inspirational dressmaker with greater than one hundred twenty five catwalk photos of his paintings as well as statement from an skilled type journalist and tributes by means of famous humans within the model international. additionally incorporated are photos from his final assortment, awarded at Paris type Week in 2010, and hailed by way of foreign media and style reviewers. The dad or mum referred to as it «truly spectacular...a triumph» the L.A. occasions praised it as «masterpieces... runway showstoppers» The Telegraph raved «The designs have been shiny, dramatic and emphatic demonstration of the serious ability and artistry of McQueen» and the recent York occasions reviewed as «His imaginative and prescient of Gothic glory, with a global bathed in spiritual symbolism, used to be translated not only with enormous subtlety and sweetness but in addition with the pressing futurism that was once the essence of his spirit.» McQueens dramatic designs have been artistically profitable and the world over famous. He earned the British clothier of the yr award 4 instances and his paintings was once quite favourite by means of his famous person consumers together with Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Bjork, girl Gaga and Rihanna.

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Right A model all in white almost disappears into the blizzard falling softly around her at the American Express Black Show of 2004. 51 alexander mcqueen 52 2004 american express show london left McQueen reaches back as far as the Middle Ages and introduces a show-stopping chainmail creation, seen here on the American Express Black runway in 2004 in the form of a long-sleeved top worn sans trousers with complete facial coverage. McQueen returned to this motif in his Fall/Winter 2009 collection, when it became a layering piece worn under ornate printed silk evening dresses.

Same basic concept, but totally different appeal. alexander mcqueen This look from Spring/Summer 2005 is an amalgam of many of McQueen’s more successful sartorial experiments over the years. The rigid molded corset reaches back to Spring/Summer 2000, but this version, updated with mouth brace and resembling a full body cast, references the hospital theme of the Spring/Summer 2001 collection. The wig elements in both the skirt and long ponytail suggest the garb of a Mongolian warrior and are reminiscent of McQueen’s toying with traditional Asian military dress two years prior, in his Fall/Winter 2003 collection.

Here Estonian supermodel Tiiu Kuik wears an extreme rendition of the classic evening gown. Unlike many McQueen shows, the shock value in this look lies purely in the design itself and not its presentation. 58 fall/winter 2004 59 alexander mcqueen Another futuristic evening look from the Fall/ Winter 2004 collection. The gaping widened collar takes this heavily embellished corsetstyle jacket from Tudor times to the 23rd century. right This conceptual silhouette from Fall/ Winter 2004 seems to devour its model’s head and is an early gesture towards the super-sculpted grotesquely exaggerated shapes to come on McQueen’s Fall/ Winter 2008 and 2009 runways.

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