The death of Alexander McQueen on February 11, 2011 was a major loss to the world of fashion. Throughout his 19 year career McQueen's designs introduced a unique avant-garde style not seen before. His dramatic designs refer to the exaggerated silhouettes of the late 1800s. McQueen's imaginative work can be seen in both Extreme Beauty and Radical Fashion.
Radical Fashion edited by Claire Wilcox features interviews with fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, and John-Paul Gaultier. Each interview is accompanied by several examples of the artist's designs. This publication coincided with an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed by Harold Koda focuses on fashion designer's take on the human form. Koda is curator in charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His book details designers that distort the human body and the early sources that inspired them. Each chapter looks at a different zone of the body in detail (neck and shoulders, chest, waist, hips, and feet), and provides a chronological outline and explanatory text concerning the transformations that have characterized each zone. With loads of color photographs and reproductions of armor, paintings, and period prints there is a wealth of information here.
Submitted by Maria @ MPL Central