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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Despite telling myself I wouldn’t mention much about fashion on here…as despite loving it I don’t tend to follow trends preferring my take on a tried and tested look, and there are many, many people out there doing a far better job than I could ever do, I did keep a small eye on London fashion week.

All I will say about that is Giles Deacon …perfection!Giles deacon A/W 2012

But what LFW did do is prompt me to spend some time re acquainting myself with the exhibition catalogue for  ‘Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty ‘ published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute.

Alexander McQueen: Savage BeautyAlexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010) was one of the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designers of his generation. McQueen saw beyond clothing’s physical constraints to its ideological and conceptual possibilities, addressing questions related to race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, and the environment.”

 Featuring the most iconic and radical designs of his prolific career, it is far more than a catalogue,  with a  hardcover containing a lenticular image [ see above],   preface by curator Andrew Bolton, contributions by Susannah Frankel and Tim Blanks plus illuminating commentary from the designer himself . The photography by Sølve Sundsbø is stunning  containing detail shots which highlight the sheer intricacy of his work and it examines the designer’s growth from the start of his fledgling label, to creative director at Givenchy , and finally to his  world-renowned London house.   

 [Images Copyright © 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sølve Sundsbø ]


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Book loving, craft obsessed, retro, library working, slightly geeky female. Probably old enough to know better but refusing to learn, persistantly looking for the aesthetically pleasing in life to cheer up my apparently miserable face! The Mage and Raven is my bookshop - it doesnt exist - except for inside my brain.

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