Inferno: Alexander McQueen
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By: Melanie Rickey / Photographs: Kent Baker
London 1996: Alexander McQueen took over the Hawksmoor masterpiece Christ Church in London's East End for what was quite possibly the greatest fashion show on Earth. A candle-lit, cruciform catwalk with a backdrop of stained-glass windows set the tone for an extraordinary collection. Lace sat against chiffon and rubbed shoulders with couture and club-culture clothing and digital print. Dante was the seminal collection that would resonate throughout Alexander McQueen's career. This book features unique photographs shot behind the scenes, with raw, unseen pictures of the designer, models and clothes. The fashion creatives who worked with McQueen to make the show such a success recall this pivotal time in the designer's career and reflect on what made Dante truly groundbreaking. Newly created imagery of clothes shown on the catwalk gives an insight into why this collection was so special.
About The Author/Photographer:
Melanie Rickey is a writer, editor and consultant who has covered fashion since 1996. As an editor at the Independent, Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times, Rickey chronicled the work of Alexander McQueen. After writing for Vogue and the London Evening Standard and covering the catwalk shows for Fashion Wire Daily, Rickey became one of the launch editors on Grazia and its digital component, Grazia Live. Today, she writes on fashion, design and culture for among others the Guardian and Grazia, and sharing her expert view and encyclopaedic fashion knowledge on her Fashion Editor at Large website and on Twitter.
Kent Baker lives and works between London and New York. Not long after he started taking photographs, he was championed by Terry Jones, creative director and founder of i-D magazine, jump starting collaborations with British Vogue, 10 Magazine and Russian Vogue and has appeared in numerous i-D books and exhibitions as well as publishing his first solo book as well as other collaborative books. Clients include Lautrec Paris, Nike, Levis, Sony, Harvey Nichols, Sony Ericsson, Dockers, Lee Jeans, Goodyear, Kickers, Ford, Canal Plus, Gatorade, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Pro Keds, Gieves & Hawks London, Paul Smith, Wall, Adidas, and DCC NY.
Style #: 9781780675572