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Alexander McQueen: Unseen

Robert Fairer


A striking tribute to Alexander McQueen’s stunning collections, revealing photographs that were, until now, one of fashion’s best-kept secrets

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Alexander McQueen has grasped the public’s imagination like few other fashion designers before him. In this book, a striking tribute to Alexander McQueen’s stunning collections, Robert Fairer – US Vogue’s exclusive backstage photographer for over a decade – opens up his archive for the first time.

Tracing McQueen’s entire career from the 1990s to his final collection, ‘Plato’s Atlantis’, Alexander McQueen: Unseen celebrates the singular beauty of the designer’s creations and the intense behind-the-scenes work of McQueen’s trusted collaborators.

Fairer’s high-energy photographs capture the glamour, grit and spirit that made McQueen’s flamboyant shows so special, and offer a unique insight into the work of one of the world’s most captivating fashion designers.

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'Fairer's vibrant, behind-the-scenes snaps [give] a fresh perspective on the work of one of fashion's most celebrated talents'
Vogue UK

'Intimate meditation'
Vanity Fair

'An immense and intense monograph of unparalleled beauty'

'A unique insight into the strange, brilliant world of Alexander McQueen'
Daily Telegraph

'Everything from robots to snow machines to rain on the catwalk, [Robert Fairer] gathers those moments, along with all the madness backstage'
W magazine

'Provides a glimpse of a true original at work'
Harrods Magazine

'Provides a privileged view into one of the most original, forward-thinking and prolific designers in the history of fashion'
Fad Magazine

'Expect lots of drama and flair'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback with printed cloth (without jacket) in slipcase

Size: 33.5 x 24.4 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Publication date: 20 October 2016

ISBN: 9780500519042

Contents List

Preface: Sally Singer • Introduction: Claire Wilcox • Essay: Robert Fairer • Nihilism • Highland Rape • The Hunger • Dante • Bellmer La Poupée • 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

About the Author

British photographer Robert Fairer worked exclusively for American Vogue behind the scenes for over a decade. Beginning his career at British Elle in the mid 1990s, then Harpers Bazaar USA and finally at American Vogue, he covered the fashion zeitgeist of supermodel, designer and fashion excess from 1993-2011.His backstage archive has been published in three monographs, Alexander McQueen Unseen, John Galliano Unseen, and Marc Jacobs Unseen by Thames & Hudson, Yale University Press, Schirmer Mosel and Abrams. Robert’s work is published in The New York Times, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, i-D Magazine, and Visionaire, as well as fashion, portrait and lifestyle books, and anthologies. Robert continues to document the fashionable elite and collaborate with his editors and clients in uncharted fashion domains.

Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator, Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A and Professor in Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

Sally Singer is US Vogue's Creative Digital Director.

List of Contributors

Claire Wilcox, Sally Singer