Author(s): Annie Deniau
Lee Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) is widely recognized as one of the leading fashion designers of his time, whose work combined esthetic vision, emotional power, and extraordinary craft. He was especially known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his designs. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, they have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Shooting backstage, photographer Anne Deniau documented twenty-six of these shows, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final one in October 2010. Working directly for McQueen, she produced a remarkable and previously unpublished photographic record that captures the intensity and immediacy of these events. We see McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators--among them, designer Sarah Burton, milliner Philip Treacy, jewelry designer Shaun Leane, model Kate Moss. The meticulously produced spectacles that they created come back to life on the page in this inside look at the work of a great artist.
An exquisite photographic document of Lee Alexander McQueen's legendary fashion shows from 1997 to 2010; McQueen is a British national treasure and an international renowned and distinguished designer; As the Metropolitan Museum of Art's blockbuster exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" demonstrated, McQueen is both highly regarded and adored among contemporary designers. For many, he is probably the artist in any medium that they most admire.; Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty had sold nearly 13,000 copies; Anne Deniau's ambitious and exquisite photographic documentation of McQueen's shows is a landmark of photographic reportage. Virtually all of it is previously unpublished.
Anne Deniau is a photographer and filmmaker specializing in portraiture, fashion, theater, and dance. Her previous books include Nicolas Le Riche (2008), about the dancer and choreographer, and Mirame! (2009), on bull fighting. Her photographs have appeared in Vogue (UK and Italy), Vanity Fair, The Face, ID, Arena, and many other magazines. She has worked on long-term projects documenting Alexander McQueen and the Opera de Paris.