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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.


Vogue Daily

Ally Betker

When Alexander McQueen commissioned Nick Waplington to document the making of his fall 2009 collection, the photographer had no idea he would be capturing McQueen's final body of work. Titled The Horn of Plenty, the show was a history of the designer's career to date, as he revisited his fifteen years of provocative, groundbreaking clothes and recycled ideas in a new collection. In Essence, it was his swan song. Waplington's photos of McQueen and his staff, including current creative director Sarah Burton, are interspersed with images of landscapes -the waste grounds near McQueen's hometown, and landfills in the Negev desert in Israel - which make for additional commentary on the recyling theme of the collection. Because McQueenn himself, and a tribute to the many important and lasting relationships he had with all those who worked alongside him.

The New York Times

Cathy Horyn

Seeing Ms. Williams made me think of Alexander McQueen. Not any specific collection, but perhaps the one he called “The Horn of Plenty!” is close to what I had in mind. As it happens, the making of this collection, from fall 2009, is the subject of Nick Waplington’s splendid book of photos, with a forward by the journalist Susannah Frankel. Basically, Mr. McQueen was deconstructing the notion of consumption — consumer products to cultural icons, like Audrey Hepburn and the women who posed for Irving Penn. All was trash, in his view, a point he imparted with plastic-sheeted hair and piles of junk on the runway. Of course, the clothes were exquisite. But his intent, as he told Ms. Frankel, was to produce discomfort. [...] By the way, the Waplington book is the best fashion book that I’ve seen so far this season. It’s better than most documentaries at showing you the working process of a designer.


Lorna Koski

Waplington and Frankel were invited by McQueen to document the making of his fall 2009 ready-to-wear collection, called the Horn of Plenty, from start to finish. They did so, and the designer edited the resulting pictures. Then he died, and the project was put on hold. Now it's being published, and it shows everything from sketches and mood boards to meetings with editors such as Anna Wintour and Camilla Nickerson to the models with their giant, clownlike lips backstage at the presentation itself.

Katharine K. Zarrella

The resulting book, dubbed Aleander McQueen: Working Process, provides an intimate look at McQueen, his team (including Sarah Burton), and his methods -its pages depicting everything from moments of pain and anxiety to bursts of joy and laughter. " This project offers unprecedented insight into the mind of a notoriously private and at times willfully impenetrable man", writes journalist Susannah Fenkel, who worked closely with the designer, in the tome's introduction.

T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Arena

Malina Joseph Gilchrist

Nearly four years after the sudden death of Alexander McQueen rocked the fashion world, the new book “Alexander McQueen: Working Process” documents the designer’s fall-winter 2009 collection, which McQueen intended as a culmination of 15 years of his work to that point.

The images show the designer in moments of joy, grief and strife. They present a haunting portrait of a designer at work.

Alexander McQueen: Working Process

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'Alexander McQueen: Working Process' in the News

'Alexander McQueen: Working Process' in the News

This 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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Alexander McQueen: Working Process

Alexander McQueen: Working Process

Featured 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, 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



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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“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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