Long Live McQueen


There are few things I love more than the documentation of an artists/designers process. Quite frankly, if design grad school taught me anything – it’s that process often matters more than product. And I often found beauty in the mess that was process. Now, nearly four years after the death of Alexander McQueen, the new book “Alexander McQueen: Working Process” (Damiani) documents the designer’s fall-winter 2009 collection. McQueen was always an artists who believed in the art of process, as such he recruited photographer Nick Waplington to document what was to be his final collection; a collection that can be seen as a culmination of 15 years of his work to that point. In the tome, Nick Waplington captures the creation of the collection, from sketches to fittings to a final runway show. The images, many of which capture the designer in moments of joy, grief and strife, present a haunting portrait of a designer at work. And yes, Alexander often made Anna smile. Available through Amazon.comImage



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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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