Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer?s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.


Additional Information


Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; First Edition, Later Printing edition (May 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300169787
ISBN-13: 978-0300169782
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10 x 13.5 inches


Andrew Bolton is Curator at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Susannah Frankel is fashion editor of The Independent newspaper. Tim Blanks is contributing editor of Style.com.

2 reviews for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  1. 5 out of 5


    This is a book that you can spend hours looking at. The book is beautifully designed with a lenticular cover, moth print end papers, and huge color photos of McQueen’s work. It’s also a lot bigger and heavier than I expected considering the very reasonable price. The text is informative, and the pictures are sharp and clear so that you can really see the workmanship and details that went into the clothes.

  2. 5 out of 5


    I bought this book in preparation for the exhibit at The Met, opening this month. I am sooo pleased with the beautiful photographs and lengthy introduction in the beginning/interview with Sarah Burton at the end. This weighty catalog is insight into a great mind, and a great addition to any fashionista’s library.

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