A retrospective of McQueen's groundbreaking designs and a salute to his artistry, the book showcases his work from his graduate collection at Central Saint Martins to his latest designs created just days before his untimely death. Celebrating his work and vision, Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy 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 lives in London. She is a lecturer in fashion history and fashion journalism at Central Saint Martins (CSM), 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), Dogs in Vogue (Little Brown 2009) and Vogue On Elsa Schiaparelli. She is also a contributor to Vogue, the Guardian and BBC Radio 4. 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."
Foreword; Preface; Introduction; From Savile Row to Central Saint Martins; The Early Shows; Givenchy; The London Collections; The Gucci Years; The Last Days and the Legacy; Acknowledgements; Endnotes; Image Credits.