Gods and Kings by Dana Thomas: | cbm11.org: BooksKarl Lagerfeld has a wonderful reply to those who think fashion could use more innovators. No doubt, he says, but in any period only a few individuals are crucial. Genius is rare. It sustains the rest of the industry with ideas, energy and, of course, drama. Many will agree that John Galliano and Alexander McQueen brought a visual and emotional experience to fashion that shattered previous notions about what could be done on the runway. Then momentum shifted to the minimalists Jil Sander and Helmut Lang.
Gods and Kings
Look Inside. Jan 26, ISBN Feb 10, ISBN They were icons of a new generation of rock-star designers who headlined the transformation of luxury fashion from a small clutch of family-owned businesses into a global, multibillion-dollar corporate industry. But the pace was unsustainable.
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On 12 January, the designer John Galliano — a former head of Christian Dior who was dismissed after a drunken anti-Semitic rant in a Paris bar in — showed his first collection for the label, Maison Margiela. Almost a month to the day, 11 February marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Lee Alexander McQueen, who died by his own hand. How best to commemorate these events — marking the passing of one British fashion star and the restoration of another to the industry following an intense period of remorse and rehabilitation?