What to Read Now: Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

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The plot: This book offers a retrospective of the late designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. You’ll discover his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.

Why we love it: It’s a stunning tribute to this provocative designer.

Genre: Nonfiction

Buy it: $32

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