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Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen

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Publisher Comments:

Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, McQueens shows have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010. She captured McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators—including designer Sarah Burton, milliner Philip Treacy, jewelry designer Shaun Leane, and model Kate Moss—to create his meticulously produced spectacles. Her book offers an inspiring homage, through the art of photography, to the work of a great artist.

Praise for Love Looks Not With the Eyes: Thirteen Years With Lee Alexander McQueen:

The pictures are evocative of the torture, the toughness and, most of all, the tenderness of Mr. McQueen.” —New York Times

“Deniaus close connection to McQueen and her appreciation for his formidable talent is like many of the pieces he created: breathtaking.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Thekinetic color and black-and-white photographs document the fantastical,shocking spectacle of a McQueen show in action: hairdos trussed up with birdsof prey; hubcaps strapped to foreheads; faces enhanced by extraterrestrialcheek prostheses. The images are sensual, spooky, and whimsical, playing up thedrama of McQueens vision; like one of the designers fabulous garments, thephotographs transform fashion into high art. The book is both an homage and amemorial; this celebration of McQueens vast, unique talent is also a eulogyfor his tragic loss.” — “Haute couture has a reputation for spectacle, but Anne Deniaus photographs remind us that its also the last bastion of craftsmanship in fashion—or it was, as practiced by designer Alexander McQueen (1969–2010).” —Wall Street Journal

“Lush, previously unpublished backstage photographs from many of the late designers provocative fashion shows.”—The Los Angeles Times

“The kinetic color and black-and-white photographs document the fantastical, shocking spectacle of a McQueen show in action: hairdos trussed up with birds of prey; hubcaps strapped to foreheads; faces enhanced by extraterrestrial cheek prostheses. The images are sensual, spooky, and whimsical, playing up the drama of McQueens vision; like one of the designers fabulous garments, the photographs transform fashion into high art. The book is both an homage and a memorial; this celebration of McQueens vast, unique talent is also a eulogy for his tragic loss.” —Publishers Weekly

Love Looks Not with the Eyes document[s] the intense work and equally intense emotions that played out behind the scenes of McQueens poetic, passionate, and provocative shows. . . . The intimacy is evident in the pictures.” —Vogue

“The haunting images offer a rarefied glimpse into the designers inner world.” —Harpers Bazaar

“Deniau, in the process of documenting 26 McQueen presentations, captured images which, too, transcend photography—matching the decadent and grand world created by the hands of McQueen.” —Time.com

“Haute couture has a reputation for spectacle, but Anne Deniaus photographs remind us that its also the last bastion of craftsmanship in fashion—or it was, as practiced by designer Alexander McQueen (1969–2010).” —Wall Street Journal

 

Review:

"In 1997, fashion photographer and filmmaker Deniau met fashion's notorious 'bad boy,' Alexander McQueen, then 27, when she was asked to document the creation of his first haute couture collection for Givenchy. The two artists became close friends, and the designer gave Deniau exclusive backstage access for the next 13 years. In her evocative and elegiac introduction, the photographer remembers her dear friend and collaborator, who took his life in 2010 at age 40, and recounts striking moments from his oeuvre that she was able to capture on film. These vivid images include an ethereal Shalom Harlow in a virginal white dress from McQueen's 1998 show, which was subsequently blasted with paint on the runway, and women adorned with flowers or feathers, or shrouded in antique Japanese screens. The kinetic color and black-and-white photographs document the fantastical, shocking spectacle of a McQueen show in action: hairdos trussed up with birds of prey; hubcaps strapped to foreheads; faces enhanced by extraterrestrial cheek prostheses. The images are sensual, spooky, and whimsical, playing up the drama of McQueen's vision; like one of the designer's fabulous garments, the photographs transform fashion into high art. The book is both an homage and a memorial; this celebration of McQueen's vast, unique talent is also a eulogy for his tragic loss. 400 color and b&w photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Anne Deniau is a photographer and filmmaker specializing in fashion and the performing arts: dance, opera, and theater. Her photographs have appeared in Vogue (UK and Italy), Vanity Fair, The Face, ID, Arena, and many other magazines. She lives in Paris. This is her fourth book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781419704482
Author:
Deniau, Anne
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Fashion
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
400 color and black-and-white photograph
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
13 x 10 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1997, fashion photographer and filmmaker Deniau met fashion's notorious 'bad boy,' Alexander McQueen, then 27, when she was asked to document the creation of his first haute couture collection for Givenchy. The two artists became close friends, and the designer gave Deniau exclusive backstage access for the next 13 years. In her evocative and elegiac introduction, the photographer remembers her dear friend and collaborator, who took his life in 2010 at age 40, and recounts striking moments from his oeuvre that she was able to capture on film. These vivid images include an ethereal Shalom Harlow in a virginal white dress from McQueen's 1998 show, which was subsequently blasted with paint on the runway, and women adorned with flowers or feathers, or shrouded in antique Japanese screens. The kinetic color and black-and-white photographs document the fantastical, shocking spectacle of a McQueen show in action: hairdos trussed up with birds of prey; hubcaps strapped to foreheads; faces enhanced by extraterrestrial cheek prostheses. The images are sensual, spooky, and whimsical, playing up the drama of McQueen's vision; like one of the designer's fabulous garments, the photographs transform fashion into high art. The book is both an homage and a memorial; this celebration of McQueen's vast, unique talent is also a eulogy for his tragic loss. 400 color and b&w photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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