'Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation'

" Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation" by Kristin Knox (A&C Black, soft-cover, $29), pays tribute to one of fashion's most subversive designers. It's mainly pictures that tell the story of the London-based Lee Alexander McQueen, whose track turned tragic with his suicide last February. Sparing text sheds ample insight on the so-called enfant terrible's "aggressive aesthetic plunge into the darkest recesses of the soul, where themes such as witchcraft, rape and capital punishment were unearthed and then recast into things of sartorial beauty." As exceptional as his vision were McQueen's tailoring skills, developed on Savile Row. He never courted the famous — refusing to invite Victoria Beckham to one show — but won the ardent admiration of Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and other stars anyway. HANDOUT
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