Striking Images taken from Kent Baker’s new book, Inferno: Alexander McQueen, will be shown for the first time at the Gallery at Foyles from 20 March till 3 May 2015.
As another tribute to the McQueen season, the up and coming Futurecity show will display a selection of previously unseen, backstage photographs, taken by Kent Baker during the seminal show, Dante, in 1996.
Alexander McQueen, who applied to Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design in 1994, was persuaded by Bobby Hilson – the Head of the Masters course to apply. The exhibition will inhabit the Foyles Bookstore building, which Central Saint Martins once notably occupied.
McQueen showcased his early collection, Dante, in 1996 at Nicholas Hawksmoor’s architectural masterpiece Christchurch in Spitalfields. In true McQueen style, the audiences were treated to a theatrical spectacle. Photographer, Kent Baker, who was lucky enough to be in McQueen’s intimate circle of friends, was able to capture this iconic moment in contemporary fashion.
His backstage photography not only captures the excitement and dramatics of the evening, but the distinct moment in which this creative force was born. Displaying just how much McQueen’s vision was destined to challenge and fundamentally alter notions of beauty, bookmarking an unforgettable moment in British fashion history.
Olly Walker curator of the ‘Inferno’ exhibition