Revealed: Never seen before archive of Alexander Lee McQueen at work
Thanks to a new exhibit in London
Along with the the arrival of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the legendary Alexander Lee McQueen will be receiving another retrospective at the Proud Chelsea called McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows.
The breathtaking showcase will feature rare, behind-the-scenes images of McQueen at work in his early days from the personal collection of photographer and friend Gary Wallis.
McQueen met Wallis when they both attended Central Saint Martins in London in the early nineties, with the photographer capturing McQueen's now iconic 1992 graduate collection, 'Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims'.
As McQueen catapulted into fashion stardom, the two remained close friends and continued to collaborate, with Wallis candidly photographing McQueen's fashion shows, as well as the designer with his muse Isabella Blow at her famous home, Hillies House.
Wallis told Vogue: "He always showed an interest in my work, as he was also very interested in photography. He later said on a few occasions that if he wasn't a fashion designer he liked the idea of being a photographer, especially shooting conflicts! When he asked me to photograph his final collection, I thought it was fantastic but we had no clue to the reaction that he would get. It was a vibrant time."
McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows will be running at Proud Chelsea, London, from March 4 to April 5