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McQueen, Alexander (Fashion Designer/Artist) & Bolton, Andrew (Curator/Editor/Author). ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY. New York City, NY: Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. Fine.

Retrospective exhibition monograph. One of the greatest books on fashion ever published in our time. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only which sold out shortly after publication. The book remains available in multiple subsequent printings (all succeeding printings are meticulously indicated as such), the bestselling fashion monograph published by The Met. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Andrew Bolton: Oversize-volume format. Brown cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on the spine and lenticular holograph that alternately dissolves between a skull and a close-up portrait of the artist, as issued. The skull art was conceived by McQueen. Fashion by Alexander McQueen. Text by Andrew Bolton and other contributors. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York from April 3 through August 7, 2011. Presents the single best book on the art of Lee Alexander McQueen. "The most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Examines the full breadth of the designer's career from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London House. It features his most iconic designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic" (Publisher's blurb). Alexander McQueen was one of a handful of truly great fashion designer/artists of his generation. Actually, only two others come to mind: Nicolas Ghesquiere (Balenciaga) and Alber Elbaz (Lanvin). The rest are "play-it-safe" derivative imitators. Bold and fearless in his art, McQueen was weak and vulnerable in life. He committed suicide by hanging himself with his favorite brown belt on February 11, 2010, nine days after his mother died of cancer and the day before her funeral. With characteristic British understatement, he left a brief suicide note: "Look after my dogs. Sorry, I love you, Lee". His long-time assistant, Sarah Burton, paid homage to McQueen when she created the wedding gown of Kate Middleton, a masterwork of exquisite lacework and elegance of line. It became the Royal Wedding's global sensation and immediately catapulted Burton to front-rank status. She will carry on Alexander McQueen's legacy. An absolute "must-have" title for Alexander McQueen, fashion, and photography collectors. This title is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. All other copies available online are Later Printings or have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. 293 color plates. One of the greatest fashion designers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0300169787. $700.00

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