ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: BLOOD BENEATH THE SKIN
by Andrew Wilson
When 40-year-old visionary designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, the fashion world was not ready to mourn him, let alone fill the huge void he left behind. ‘Blood beneath the skin’ is a first, comprehensive attempt to tell his life story, offering a kaleidoscopic portrait in which all of the facets of his personality seem inextricably intertwined. Wilson wanted to show how, behind McQueen’s public facade of a confident bad boy who earned his place in the designers’ Olympus, lied a sensitive soul who was struggling to survive against increasing work pressures, depression, drug abuse and love failures. The result is a bitter fairy tale infused with tragedy and a very intimate tribute to his tormented genius, written with the help of his family.