A unique tribute to Alexander McQueen’s stunning collections, captured behind the scenes by US Vogue photographer Robert Fairer, who opens up his archives for the first time. Robert Fairer was US Vogue’s exclusive backstage photographer for over a decade, working with such outstanding figures as André Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles and Sarah Mower, and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator, Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, where she curated the record-breaking ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition in 2015. Sally Singer is Creative Director of Vogue.com.
Alexander McQueen: Unseen
c. 380 illustrations 33.5 x 24.5 cm 352pp hardback ISBN 978 0 500 519042 October £48.00
Photographs by Robert Fairer • Introduction and texts by Claire Wilcox Preface by Sally Singer 70
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 Robert Fairer’s stunning and high-energy photographs, all previously unpublished, capture the glamour, grit and spirit that made McQueen’s flamboyant shows unique.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’s images capture the raw energy and powerful emotion in those moments leading up to Lee’s incredible shows. The intensity and focus, the stress and excitement are all palpable. They trigger such vivid and fond memories’ Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen