Founded as a luxury leather goods house in 1854, Louis Vuitton was for many decades one of the world’s leading trunk and accessories makers. It was after launching its first fashion collections in 1998, however, that the house reached unprecedented global fame, and pioneered high-profile collaborations with artists such as Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse. This definitive publication opens with a concise history of the house, followed by brief biographical profiles of Marc Jacobs, the first creative director 1998–2014, and Nicolas Ghesquiere, who helms the brand today, before exploring the collections themselves, organized chronologically. Each collection is introduced by a short text unveiling its influences and highlights, and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. Showcasing hundreds of spectacular clothes, details, accessories, beauty looks and set designs – and, of course, the top fashion models who wore them on the runway, from Naomi Campbell and Gisele to Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. A rich reference section, including an extensive index, concludes the book. Table of Contents Introduction • The Collections: Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs, 1998–2014 • Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere, 2014–2018
'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 naive ... 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.