Alexander McQueen has grasped the public's imagination like few other fashion designers before him, with exhibitions dedicated to his work continuing to attract record visitor numbers. Almost 500,000 people visited the V&A's 2015 `Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' exhibition, making it the most popular in the museum's history. Opening with a brief essay on the designer's work, Alexander McQueen: Unseen unfolds chronologically. Each collection is introduced by a concise text by Claire Wilcox, one of the foremost experts on the McQueen's work, revisiting the designer's most iconic creations across his entire career and revealing previously unseen behind- the-scenes moments that capture models, hairdressers, stylists, make-up artists and Alexander McQueen himself at their most candid and creative. Robert Fairer's stunning and high-energy photographs, all previously unpublished, capture the glamour, grit and spirit that made McQueen's flamboyant shows unique. A treasure-trove of inspiration, they make this publication a must-have reference for fashion and photography lovers alike.
Robert Fairer was American Vogue's exclusive backstage photographer for over a decade, working with such outstanding figures as Andre Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles and Sarah Mower, and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Preface: Sally Singer * Introduction: Claire Wilcox * Essay: Robert Fairer * Nihilism * Highland Rape * The Hunger * Dante * Bellmer La Poupee * It's a Jungle Out There * Untitled * Joan * No.13 * The Overlook * Eye * What a Merry Go Round * The Dance of the Twisted Bull * Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious * Irere * Scanners * Deliverance * Pantheon ad Lucem * Black * It's Only a Game * The Man Who New Too Much * Neptune * The Windows of Culloden * Sarabande * In Memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem, 1692 * La Dame Bleue * The Girl Who Lived in the Tree * Natural Dis-tinction, Un-natural Selection * The Horn of Plenty * Plato's Atlantis * Notes on the Collections * Credits * Acknowledgements * Index