The first, definitive biography of the iconic, notoriously private British fashion designer Alexander McQueen “offers new insights...and provides unprecedented access to a misunderstood soul” (The Boston Globe).
When forty-year-old Alexander McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, a shocked world mourned the loss. McQueen had risen from humble beginnings as the son of an East London taxi driver to scale the heights of fame, fortune, and glamour. He created a multimillion-dollar luxury brand that became a favorite with celebrities, including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. He designed clothes for the world’s most beautiful women and royalty, most famously the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a McQueen dress on her wedding day.
But behind the confident facade and bad-boy image, lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion. As the pressures of work intensified, McQueen became increasingly dependent on the drugs that contributed to his tragic end. Meanwhile, his failure to find lasting love in a string of boyfriends only added to his despair. And then there were the secrets that haunted his sleep…
A modern-day fairy tale infused with the darkness of a Greek tragedy, Alexander McQueen provides “a thorough and emotionally compelling exploration…of a complex and enigmatic artist” (Publishers Weekly). Andrew Wilson’s “magnificent” (The Independent, UK) and “compelling and heavily researched bio” (Entertainment Weekly), featuring never-before-seen photographs and rare interviews, dispels myths, corrects inaccuracies, and shares new insights into McQueen’s private life and the source of his creative genius.
Journalist Wilson (Mad Girl's Love Song) presents a thorough and emotionally compelling exploration of the life, work, and inner demons of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Wilson recounts McQueen's childhood in East London, where he was sexually abused by his brother-in-law. The abuser also battered his sister, Janet; McQueen admired her fortitude, and she was his earliest and most prevalent muse. Wilson follows McQueen through the early stages of his career, including a short stint as a tailor's apprentice on Savile Row and his education in fashion design at London's Central Saint Martins, where he staged his first show, "Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims," in 1991. It was followed by the show "Nihilism," which saw the debut of McQueen's now signature "bumsters" look. Wilson paints vivid portraits of McQueen's family and friends, including his lifelong friend BillyBoy and stylist Isabella Blow, whose death, along with the death of McQueen's mother, contributed to the decline of his mental state leading up to his suicide. Interviews with friends, family, and former lovers allow Wilson to capture McQueen's many facets, from his "cackling fishwife laugh" to his dramatic shifts in temperament and "near-pathological obsession with the macabre," making this a fully realized representation of a complex and enigmatic artist. Photos.
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Great book, a lot more personal then I thought, but gave u a clear understanding on the complexity of who McQueen was as a designer and human being