BOOK REVIEW: Alexander McQueen Unseen Backstage Images by Vogue’s Photographer Robert Fairer

London has trained some of the most interesting visionaries in the Fashion industry of today. Galliano, McQueen and McCartney to name just a few.

McQueen, tragically dying at the age of 40, will always have the aura of the genius albeit appreciated and valued while alive. Robert Fairer – US Vogue’s exclusive backstage photographer for over a decade – opens up his archive for the first time, revealing stunning photographs that were, until now, one of fashion’s best-kept secrets.

55 It’s A Jungle Out There © Robert Fairer

Tracing McQueen’s entire career from the 1990s to his final collection, ‘Plato’s Atlantis’, Alexander McQueen: Unseen celebrates the singular beauty of the designer’s creations and the intense behind-the-scenes work of McQueen’s trusted collaborators. Fairer’s high-energy photographs capture the glamour, grit and spirit that made McQueen’s flamboyant shows so special, and offer a unique insight into the work of one of the world’s most captivating fashion designers.

Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, says:

“Robert’s images capture the raw energy and powerful emotion in those moments leading up to Lee’s incredible shows. The intensity and focus, the stress and excitement, are all palpable. They trigger such vivid and treasured memories.”

The book provides a privileged view into one of the most original, forward-thinking and prolific designers in the history of Fashion. Alexander McQueen: Unseen by Robert Fairer is published by Thames & Hudson is available to purchase from Amazon and all good book shops.

122 McQueen working on model’s outfit © Robert Fairer.

About Lorenzo Belenguer

Artist, writer and curator based in London and Valencia. Belenguer has collaborated with The Guardian, The Independent and many other specialised Art Magazines such Sluice, Artlyst and FAD. Belenguer's art is strongly influenced by Minimalism. He exhibited and performed at The Serpentine Galleries, TATE Modern and the 56th Venice Biennale.