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Inferno: Alexander McQueen

Friday 20th March 2015 9am - Monday 11th May 2015 6pm 107 Charing Cross Road Exhibition

Inferno: Alexander McQueen
Photographs by
Kent Baker
Curated by Olly Walker & Futurecity

A collection of previously unseen, backstage photographs from Alexander McQueen's seminal show 'Dante', form the basis of this new exhibition curated by Olly Walker and Futurecity for the Gallery at Foyles.

Iconic British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was a recent Central St Martin's graduate when in 1996 he showcased an early collection 'Dante' at Nicholas Hawksmoor's architectural masterpiece Christchurch in Spitalfields. The audience was treated to an evening of theatrical spectacle. Photographer Kent Baker, a member of McQueen's intimate circle of friends, was in a unique position to capture a singular moment: the emergence of a radical and visionary force in contemporary fashion.

Shot entirely on film, Baker's on-the-fly backstage photographs echo reportage photography whilst perfectly capturing the excitement and baroque theatre of the evening. At the centre is Alexander McQueen, directing proceedings, at his side Kent Baker quietly recording a portrait of the surprisingly intimate friendships and interdependent creative relationships, which together shaped a sublimely unforgettable moment in British fashion history.

The striking images are taken from Kent Baker's new book, 'Inferno: Alexander McQueen', published on 30 March 2015 by Laurence King Publishing. Click here for a selection of books cataloguing McQueen's life and work.

 

The Gallery at Foyles
Level 5, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road

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