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Alexander McQueen: Reviewing The Definitive Biography of A Fashion Genius

Updated on November 20, 2011

The world of fashion has known few lights as bright as Alexander McQueen. Before he died tragically at the age of 40, he made a significant impact on the fashion industry. Finally, there is a book available that depicts his life: 'Alexander McQueen – The Genius of a Generation' by Kristin Knox.

Reviewing The Definitive Biography of A Fashion Genius

Few designers have been able to produce the iconic fashions that Alexander McQueen was known for. His designs have been described as showing “salvage beauty,” and once you get a look at some of his creations, it is easy to see why some of his clothing would receive such a designation. Heralded as a genius, the man was known for the juxtaposition of strength and vulnerability visible in his designs. His fashion shows were like no other presentations, also, and they were known for being provocative and highly emotional affairs.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2008
Alexander McQueen Fall 2008 | Source
Photo of the Savage Beauty exhibition at The Met (NYC)
Photo of the Savage Beauty exhibition at The Met (NYC) | Source
Alexander McQueen, British Fashion Designer (17 March 1969 - 11 February 2010)
Alexander McQueen, British Fashion Designer (17 March 1969 - 11 February 2010) | Source

Sadly, the great designer passed away in February of 2010, leaving an empty space in the world of fashion that will not soon be filled. The death was eventually ruled a suicide, and it has since been revealed that the designer had been suffering from depression at the time of his death.

Before his untimely demise, Mr. McQueen touched many lives with his amazing talent. Numerous tributes from the famous and from the not so famous poured forth once the world became aware of his passing. His life and times also inspired the book by Kristin Knox. This book is the definitive tome on Mr. McQueen's designs, and it includes many stunning runway photos of models sporting some of his most important creations. The author, Kristin Knox, has done a terrific job of assembling the best images to describe the designer's life in a visual format. Most of the work shown in the book is from the last ten years of the designer's life, and it is very illustrative of the battles taking place in the man's tortured psyche.

If you are interested in fashion, and you want to know more about the iconic genius of this tremendous designer, it is recommended that you pick up this book. Through the images presented, you will get a sense of what made this fashion legend so legendary.

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Kate Middleton at the Garter Procession, 2008 | Source
Queues at the Savage Beauty exhibition, The Met (NYC)
Queues at the Savage Beauty exhibition, The Met (NYC) | Source


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