The World According to Lee McQueen


A stylish collection of the legendary designer’s maxims on fashion, craft, beauty and nature


ISBN: 9780500024157 Category:

Louise Rytter


‘When times are hard, fantasy and escapism are crucial’ Alexander McQueen

Having grown up in London’s East End, Alexander McQueen left school at 15 to become a tailor’s apprentice on Mayfair’s Savile Row. At 22, he joined the prestigious MA course at Central Saint Martins and, after presenting his 1992 graduate collection (bought on the spot by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow), went on to change the course of fashion.

McQueen was defiant in his opinions on creativity (‘Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution’), women (‘I design clothes because I don’t want women to look all innocent and na├»ve … I want people to be afraid of the women I dress’) and craft (‘You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition’). He drew much of his inspiration from the natural world (‘I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that’) and consistently challenged perceptions of beauty (‘People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality’).

This attractive book in an accessible format is the perfect gift for fans of fashion and Alexander McQueen, capturing the wit and spirit of a true visionary.

Additional information

Weight 350 g
Dimensions 12.6 x 17.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 22 September 2022
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 12.6 x 17.8 cm
Weight 350 g


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Louise Rytter is a freelance fashion curator, writer and online editor. Formerly an assistant curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she worked on the blockbuster 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' exhibition, she is now Content Editor for the Google Arts & Culture 'We Wear Culture' project. She is the author of Louis Vuitton Catwalk: The Complete Fashion Collections, also published by Thames & Hudson.