Sadly we have lost two great ‘Mac’s this year, Alexander McQueen in February and Malcolm McLaren early in April. Nothing less than a visionary, McQueen’s perception eclipsed the sphere of the fashion industry and reached into that of the artistic — his infamously over-the-top runway spectacles were more akin to installation art rather than a conventional catwalk show.  More than just a fantasist, McQueen’s exceptional tailoring skills allowed him to execute his avant-garde vision in a way that was simultaneously believable and accessible yet inconceivably beautiful. He was a friend to many in the industry, not least the late Isabella Blow, the style maven who discovered him while he was still at St Martin’s, and a natural inspiration to an entire generation of young designers and creatives.
Deservedly, his will be the legacy of a genius, and A&C Black’s new book, through its carefully captioned 125 iconic images — from his first show in 1997 to his final A/W 2010 catwalk collection — tells the story of his career, from drawing on walls as a child in London’s East End to the high flying catwalks of Paris in such a way where the designer’s work speaks for itself, telling the story of its own artistry.
Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation is not just an obvious must-have purchase for fashion lovers everywhere but also a beautiful keepsake, showcasing the dramatic and spectacular work of this incredible designer.
Written by Kristin Knox, a successful international fashion blogger and journalist.

Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation is published by A&C Black on 7 May 2010
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