Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary
Author: Judith Watt
A retrospective of Lee's groundbreaking work and a salute to his artistry, the book showcases the wonderful world of McQueen, from his graduate collection at Central Saint Martins to his latest designs created just days before his untimely death, and finally his ideas carried on through Sarah Burton, including the royal wedding dress. Celebrating his work and vision, "Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary" traces the designer's ascent to becoming one of the world's most respected couturiers - a story marked by celebrity friendships, unrestrained creativity, theatrical fashion shows and, ultimately, tragedy. The chronological organization allows the reader to understand McQueen's most seminal collections and the progression and underlying themes of his ideas. This book is dedicated to McQueen's work and talent, and exhibits not simply visually electrifying fashion images, but also reveals the deep reservoir of the designer's imagination.
Judith Watt, Head of Fashion History at Central Saint Martins (CSM), and personal friend of McQueen himself, is the author of several books on fashion including The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Fashion Writing (Viking, 1999), Ossie Clark 1964-74 (V&A Publications, 2003) and Dogs in Vogue (Little Brown 2009). Judith is currently writing a book in association with Vogue on Elsa Schiaparelli. She is also a contributor to Vogue, the Guardian and BBC Radio 4, and lives in London. She has said: "Anyone that works in the fashion industry, particularly as a designer in London, understands the pressures he was under. Trying to succeed in the fashion industry is very difficult, and very, very few people can do it."