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The World According to Lee McQueen

Louise Rytter

£12.99

A stylish collection of the legendary designer’s maxims on fashion, craft, beauty and nature

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'When times are hard, fantasy and escapism are crucial' Alexander McQueen

Having grown up in London’s East End, Alexander McQueen left school at fifteen to become a tailor’s apprentice on Mayfair’s Savile Row. At twenty-two, he joined the prestigious MA course at Central Saint Martins and, after presenting his 1992 graduate collection (bought on the spot by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow), went on to change the course of fashion.

McQueen was defiant in his opinions on creativity (‘Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution’), women (‘I design clothes because I don’t want women to look all innocent and naïve … I want people to be afraid of the women I dress’) and craft (‘You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition’). He drew much of his inspiration from the natural world (‘I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that’) and consistently challenged perceptions of beauty (‘People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality’).

This attractive book in an accessible format is the perfect gift for fans of fashion and Alexander McQueen, capturing the wit and spirit of a true visionary.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 17.0 x 12.0 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 28

Publication date: 22 September 2022

ISBN: 9780500024157

About the Author

Louise Rytter is a freelance fashion curator, writer and online editor. Formerly an assistant curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she worked on the blockbuster ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition, she is now Content Editor for the Google Arts & Culture ‘We Wear Culture’ project. She is the author of Louis Vuitton Catwalk: The Complete Fashion Collections, also published by Thames & Hudson.