Gods and Kings

Gods and Kings

The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

Book - 2015
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More than two decades ago, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen arrived on the fashions scene when the business was in an artistic and economic rut. Both wanted to revolutionize fashion in a way no one had in decades. They shook the establishment out of its bourgeois, minimalist stupor with daring, sexy designs. They turned out landmark collections in mesmerizing, theatrical shows that retailers and critics still gush about and designers continue to reference. Their approach to fashion was wildly different--Galliano began as an illustrator, McQueen as a Savile Row tailor. Galliano led the way with his sensual bias-cut gowns and his voluptuous hourglass tailoring, which he presented in romantic storybook-like settings. McQueen, though nearly ten years younger than Galliano, was a brilliant technician and a visionary artist who brought a new reality to fashion, as well as an otherworldly beauty. For his first official collection at the tender age of twenty-three, McQueen did what few in fashion ever achieve: he invented a new silhouette, the Bumster.
Analyzes the ends of two preeminent fashion designers to demonstrate how they were casualties of the war between art and commerce, chronicling their rise and achievements while sharing insights into how art has suffered at the hands of economic demands.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781594204944
Branch Call Number: 746.9209 Thomas 02/2015
Characteristics: 422 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Gods & kings


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Dec 31, 2015

This is a really engrossing book. It talks about the story of two of the most famous names in the current fashion industry and how the business affected them.

Very well researched and informative.

Sep 26, 2015

Well written and researched. Engaging. I kept going back to Google/YouTube to view old shows and pieces. Much worth the time to complete it.

Jul 08, 2015

I thought this book was so interesting. It was very emotional about all the problems and stress and self esteem issues these two very talented designers had to live with. I enjoyed it very much.

rowanquincy May 02, 2015

There was more than I wanted to know about the financial details of both designers, and way too few photographs of the clothing.


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