McQueen: Backstage — The Early Shows is an intimate collection of images, published as a beautiful litho printed hardback book. A must have for any discerning lover of McQueen, photography and fashion alike.
Photographer Gary Wallis first met Lee McQueen, later known as Alexander McQueen, while they were both studying at Central Saint Martins. Their long term collaboration began when Lee asked Gary to shoot his MA graduation collection ‘Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims’. The images of this legendary show may now be lost forever.
‘The Birds’, ‘Highland Rape’, ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Dante’
The pair did not see each other again until shortly before McQueen’s ‘Banshee’ collection at Café de Paris. Lee requested he make a short ‘home movie’ including the show backstage plus take pictures. For McQueen’s next four shows ‘The Birds’, ‘Highland Rape’, ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Dante’, Wallis was given backstage access to take pictures. This mainly unseen library has been hidden away in filing cabinets for 20 years until now, being published as the first in an ‘archive’ series by Big Smile Publishing. Wallis’ images provide a true insider’s view into a rare moment in time, as McQueen pushed the boundaries of convention and rose up to be the rebel king of British fashion.
The Foreword in this McQueen book is beautifully written by McQueen’s long time creative collaborator Katy England
This intimate collection, published as a beautiful litho printed hardback, is a must have for any discerning lover of McQueen and fashion alike.
British born Gary Wallis had been a freelance photographer for 25 years. Working mainly in fashion and portraiture, he has shot for magazines around the world including Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Independent Magazine, Evening Standard, Dazed and Confused and Swedish Slitz Magazine. Wallis’ commercial clients have included Topman, Motorolla, Lloyds, Harper Collins. Gary has taught photography part time at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for 25 years, and is now Subject Leader in Photography for the Visual Communication Design Program.
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