Editors: Clarissa M. Esguerra and Michaela Hansen. Publisher: DelMonico Books/Los Angeles County Museum of Art. ISBN: 9781636810188. Format: Hardcover, 310 x 220mm, 176pp.
British designer Lee Alexander McQueen was both a conceptual and a technical virtuoso. Taking a reflective look at McQueen’s artful design process, this book documents the designer’s diverse sources of inspiration by displaying McQueen’s imaginative fashions alongside related artworks. Spanning art from a multitude of mediums, eras and cultures, this publication provides a new and innovative assessment of McQueen’s work. His critically acclaimed collections synthesised his unique training, theatrical design and haute couture with a remarkable breadth and depth of encyclopaedic and autobiographical references spanning time, geography, mediums and technology. McQueen’s singular viewpoint produced exquisitely constructed, thought-provoking, often subversive or allegorical fashion. McQueen's encyclopedic references range from ancient Greece and Rome to Tibetan silk brocade patterns, 17th-century Dutch painting, the prints of Goya and the films of Stanley Kubrick. In each of these cases and beyond, examples of McQueen’s imaginative and extraordinary work are displayed alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection. Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010) was one of the most important fashion designers at the turn of the 21st century. In 2011, following his death, the Costume Institute in New York organised an enormously successful retrospective of his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.