Alexander McQueen - Judith Watt

In Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy (Harper Design, $35), Judith Watt presents an illustrated biography of one of fashion’s greatest contemporary designers, a man with enormous vision who was challenged by personal demons. Watt shows how McQueen, the youngest son of a taxi driver and a teacher, was a man of contradictions— tenacious yet uncertain in his ambitions, charming yet a compulsive liar who delighted and encouraged the many apocryphal stories that surrounded him—and reveals how McQueen’s designs reflect a similar tension between extremes. Known for his flamboyant and theatrical runways, McQueen pushed himself to create new silhouettes and to combine fabrics and styles in innovative and avant-garde ways. From bumster pants to the Armadillo shoe, Watt’s intimate portrait proves that McQueen’s impact on contemporary fashion design is undisputed.

W: The First Forty Years - Stefano Tonchi

In W: The First Forty Years (Abrams,$75), editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi presents a strikingly diverse collection of images highlighting W’s outstanding coverage of fashion, art, architecture, music, and design. The pictures are complemented by specially commissioned essays from some of the magazine’s frequent contributors, such as Lynn Hirschberg. As other publications have shrunk their offerings, both editorially and physically, W has maintained its out-sized coverage and format. While the book may not fit easily on a newsstand, it is tailormade for coffee tables. Here’s to forty more years!

W: The First 40 Years By Stefano Tonchi (Editor), Christopher Bagley (Editor), John B. Fairchild (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Stefano Tonchi (Editor), Christopher Bagley (Editor), John B. Fairchild (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781419704475
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams - October 23rd, 2012

Vogue: The Editor's Eye - Eve MacSweeney

What makes a great fashion image? Vogue: The Editor’s Eye (Abrams, $75) answers the question with over 400 pages of striking photographs. This collection, edited by Vogue’s features director Eve MacSweeney, covers all 120 years of the magazine’s history, spotlighting a distinguished roster of fashion editors, from Polly Mellen to Grace Coddington, whose choices about models, clothes, and photographers have created lasting works of art. Each chapter is devoted to one editor and features a full portfolio of photographs, essays, and interviews. Defining what makes great fashion may be an arduous task, but looking through the pages of this book is certainly a pleasurable one. Covering the who, what, where, when, and why of the fashion world, Vogue magazine has consistently been a stand-out in a crowded field.
Vogue: The Editor's Eye By Conde Nast, Anna Wintour (Foreword by), Hamish Bowles (Introduction by), Eve MacSweeney (Editor) Cover Image
By Conde Nast, Anna Wintour (Foreword by), Hamish Bowles (Introduction by), Eve MacSweeney (Editor)
ISBN: 9781419704406
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Published: Abrams - September 25th, 2012