A new book exploring the rise and fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
Written by Dana Thomas
Known for her 2007 book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster – which was a New York Times bestseller – Dana Thomas' Gods and Kings explores the complex lives of two of the fashion industry's most creative and troubled designers, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.
The project began as Thomas was writing a piece covering Galliano's notoriously infamous downfall for the Washington Post. The writer's in-depth research led her to learn more about many other designer's low points, such as Marc Jacobs' stints in rehabilitation centers and Tom Ford's battle with depression.
As Thomas noticed a dark trend within the creative world, she was inspired to create something out of it. Alexander McQueen sadly committed suicide in 2010, following a long history with mental illness and depression, while Maison Margiela's new creative director, Galliano, was dismissed by Dior in 2011 following his anti-Semitic dispute in Paris.
Now, following years of research and information, Gods and Kings gives us an inside look into the careers of McQueen and Galliano, among many other creatives. With Thomas noting that the book "chronicles the revolution in high fashion in the last two decades – and the price it demanded of the very ones who saved it."