Three years after the tragic passing of legendary London-born designer Alexander McQueen, Eyrolles have published a new book retracing the life and work of this creative genius.

Illustrated with breathtaking photographs, new retrospective Alexander McQueen, offers the chance to rediscover the eponymous designer’s shows, as the true artistic performances that they were. The preface, written by McQueen muse and confidant Daphne Guinness, offers an inside view into the life of the designer and the book goes on to pay homage to the wonderful world of Alexander McQueen follows the great designer’s rise to fame citing the inspiration he drew from his own life experiences along the way. The Eyrolles publication takes the reader on a journey into the tortured yet captivating universe of an acclaimed fashion genius, through personal accounts from colleagues and close friends.

3-22-2013 11-13-10 AM3-22-2013 11-11-52 AMWhite evening dress embellished in gold. The bubble hemline of the skirt hints at grassy meadows whereas, in contrast, the tight overworked effect of the upper half is reinforced by  embroidery. A Sarah Burton creation for Alexander McQueen, photographed by Sølve Sundsbø.

3-22-2013 11-14-10 AMThis Edwardian-style denim dress with leg-of-mutton sleeves and high-necked Queen Alexandra collar is brought into the modern era through the use of distressed denim, ripped and splattered with red paint, to evoke the red African earth and the hard lives of female missionaries from  West Africa.

3-22-2013 11-15-20 AMDaphne Guinness in a lilac tulle evening dress sprinkled with Swarovski crystals for Sarabande, photographed by Sølve Sundsbø. The hourglass silhouette with oversized hips and gentle volume  of the dress from the knee down extends into a billowing train, in a piece with all the voluptuous charm of Mae West as dressed by Hollywood costume designer Travis Banton in the 1930s.

3-22-2013 11-13-44 AM Daphne Guinness  © Art + Commerce, Sølve Sundsbø

3-22-2013 11-15-59 AMOne of the hybrid women from Eclect Dissect, McQueen’s second collection for Givenchy, in a silk one-piece with high shawl collar and lace sleeves and legs.  A Burman-inspired spiral-bound long choker and  horns-like hairstyle encrusted with crystals provide the finishing touch. 

3-22-2013 11-17-14 AMLa Pucelle, as photographed by Sølve Sundsbø in January 2007. Chainmail hood and golden sequin dress byMcQueen.

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A funnel-neck, whalebone corset and Bertha -style silhouette from the 1840s are combined with three-quarter length sleeves, also cut to a form a funnel like shape. The gathered lilac tulle bust, similarly to the skirt, is held rigidly in place by whalebone, to assume the appearance of a trellis. The idea of fertility is accentuated with the fresh and silk flowers between the tulle and the silk lining, stuffed into the sleeves and low-cut collar. 

3-22-2013 11-18-20 AMTaking neoclassic inspiration, this white silk dress finishes above the knee. The white skull covering the chest and the collar is circled with an olive branch design, finished off with a bow motif borrowed from sculpture.