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“It’s a sackable offense this collection. I could easily have made it digestible but I didn’t want to. It’s not safe in any way. It’s a punked up McQueen It Girl parody of a certain ideal, of a woman who never existed in the first place. It’s Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. It’s Dior. It’s Valentino’s ladies who lunch. It’s the women you see in those old images by [Irving] Penn. They’re caricatures of their time and I’ve pushed that caricature even further. The long leg, the supersized houndstooth... Everything is extreme. Extreme-d. An illusion. I’m always interested in depicting the age that we live in and this collection depicts the silliness of our age. I think people will look back at it and know that we were living through a recession when I designed it, that we got to this point because of rampant, indiscriminate consumption. They’ll know that we’re referencing recycling but in a twisted way. That’s why the set is a pile of rubbish and why I have to make clothes out of bin liners and broken records. Of course, I’m not really making clothes out of bin liners and broken records. They’re silks. There’s an irony to it, to all of it, and I hope people will see that too. The whole package: the set, the lighting, the soundtrack, the girls, all of it sums up the fact that we’re living in a mess. And I want to throw that at the audience and to make them think. It’s an idea, then another idea, then another, and another, and another. I want people to look at it and say: What’s that? What’s that? What’s that? What’s that? What the hell is that?” - Lee Alexander McQueen, February 18, 2009, quoted by essayist Susannah Frankel in Alexander McQueen: Working Process.

  

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Alexander McQueen: Working Process

Photographs by Nick Waplington

Published by Damiani
Edited by Alexander McQueen, Nick Waplington. Text by Susannah Frankel.

In 2008 Alexander McQueen commissioned photographer Nick Waplington to document the creation of his Fall 2009 collection--all the way from inception to runway showing. Unfortunately, it was to be the last Fall/Winter collection that McQueen would stage before his untimely death. This show, which he titled The Horn of Plenty, found McQueen revisiting his 15-year archive of work and recycling it into a new collection. In effect, it was his personal survey of his work to date. The set was composed of broken mirrors and a giant trash heap made up of all the sets from his previous shows; critics have commented that this reflected McQueen’s feelings towards the fashion system and how it pressures designers to be creative geniuses while relegating each collection to the garbage bin of history as soon as it’s sold. Waplington was given unprecedented access to McQueen and his staff, which included the current Creative Director of the brand, Sarah Burton. Every step of the creative process is documented in fascinating detail and readers receive a rare insight into the inner workings of McQueen’s creative process. Most notably, McQueen himself placed the book’s layout, picture by picture, on storyboards. The book was ready for publication when McQueen died, then was put on hold--until now. This substantial overview, with more than 120 photographs, is published just as McQueen edited it, commemorating the most personal of his collections. It includes an essay by Susannah Frankel, Fashion Editor at Grazia (U.K.).
Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), CBE, was one of the most important fashion designers of the last two decades. He was the recipient of four British Designer of the Year awards, as well as the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award, 2003. In 2011, following his death, the Costume Institute in New York organized an enormously successful retrospective of his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Artist and photographer Nick Waplington (born 1970) has published several monographs including Living Room and The Wedding (Aperture), Safety in Numbers (Booth Clibborn) and Truth of Consequence (Phaidon). He lives in London and New York.

All photographs, by Nick Waplington, are reproduced from Alexander McQueen: Working Process.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/25/2013

Nick Waplington to Sign 'Alexander McQueen: Working Process' at Arcana

Nick Waplington to Sign 'Alexander McQueen: Working Process' at Arcana
This Sunday, October 27, Arcana Books on the Arts and Damiani invite you to join photographer Nick Waplington for the launch of his new book, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: WORKING PROCESS, edited by Alexander McQueen and with text by Susannah Frankel.

Waplington, who was invited by McQueen to document the designer's now-iconic Fall 2009 collection, collaborated closely with McQueen on the book's image selection, design and layout. He will sign books from 5-7PM.

Scroll down for a selection of images from the book, address and ordering information.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/5/2013

'Alexander McQueen: Working Process' in the News

'Alexander McQueen: Working Process' in the NewsThis week Nick Wapplington's new book of photographs documenting the conception, creation and launch of designer Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 2009 collection is getting heavy coverage in the press--for good reason. The book was commissioned and laid out by McQueen himself, and it offers the most revealing portrait of the man, and his working process, ever. The New York Times covered the book in the Sunday Styles section, and today it's The Daily Beast.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/27/2013

Alexander McQueen: Working Process

Alexander McQueen: Working ProcessFeatured image, of Alexander McQueen making adjustments to one of his Fall 2009 designs, is reproduced from Damiani's new book of photographs by Nick Wapplington, Alexander McQueen: Working Process. This extraordinary volume, made collaboratively with McQueen before his tragic suicide in 2010, documents the now-legendary Fall 09 collection, which was shown in Paris on a runway covered in heaps of spray-painted trash from sets that the designer had used over the past 15 years. The book is featured this week on Style.com, where Katharine K. Zarrella presents a slideshow alongside an interview with Wapplington, who explains the image selection process, "I insisted that [McQueen] edit the book. I shot on film, I made six hundred prints, I laid them out in a photo book for him, and I said, 'The final edit is yours.' So basically, the choices are his and the sequence is his. It's unique because it's the only book that he produced himself. It was his vision and my pictures. I had a maquette made, which is this enormous hundred-pound book. It's got handwritten notes inside from him to me. He'd take that book home and edit the pictures, and it would go by courier to me, and I would make notes and make changes, and then it would go back to him. Finally, we locked it down and were ready to go, but then circumstance intervened." continue to blog


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2011 show Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty attracted 661,509 visitors and became one of the Museum's most popular shows ever. The show followed McQueen's tragic suicide in 2010, at the age of 40. The year previous, McQueen had invited British photographer Nick Waplington to document what would prove to be his last Fall/Winter collection, all the way from its design to its construction and runway debut. McQueen saw this book as a collaboration with Wapplington, and worked with him to edit and sequence the images. In fact, the book was ready for publication at the time of his death, but was put on hold. Working Process is filled with casual behind-the-scenes images of this collection, as well as the final runway show, which McQueen structured as a retrospective of his 19-year career, referencing looks from prior seasons, and which featured a giant heap of trash constructed from the smashed sets of all his past runway shows. With images of McQueen down on his knees pinning fabric and Anna Wintour without her trademark sunglasses, Working Process in fact feels more gritty than glamorous: it's all about the work behind the splendor. The book has the full support of McQueen's company which is now headed by Sarah Burton.
--Avery Lozada

 








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