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  • Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin

  • By: Andrew Wilson
  • Narrated by: Piers Hampton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin

By: Andrew Wilson
Narrated by: Piers Hampton
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Summary

When Alexander McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, aged just 40, a shocked world mourned the loss of its most visionary fashion designer.

McQueen had risen from humble beginnings as the youngest child of an East London taxi driver to scale the heights of fame, fortune and glamour. He designed clothes for the world's most beautiful women, including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. In business he created a multimillion-pound luxury brand that became a favourite with both celebrities and royalty, most famously the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a McQueen dress on her wedding day. But behind the confident facade and bad-boy image lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion.

As the pressures of work intensified, so McQueen became increasingly dependent on the drugs that contributed to his tragic end. Meanwhile, in his private life, his failure to find lasting love with a string of boyfriends only added to his despair. And then there were the dark secrets that haunted his sleep....

A modern-day fairy tale infused with the darkness of a Greek tragedy, Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin is soon to be adapted for film, directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years). This book tells the sensational story of McQueen's rise from his hard East London upbringing to the hedonistic world of fashion. Those closest to the designer - his family, friends and lovers - have spoken for the first time about the man they knew, a fragmented and insecure individual, a lost boy who battled to gain entry into a world that ultimately destroyed him.

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Dark long but worth it


I was 17 when McQueen passed away and for me he was the essence of the fashion industry that’s lost it’s core a long time ago. His passing did something, and I think specially for upcoming designers and artist. We lost a friend. A father figure. The book is worth it’s time but it gets long at times... and a bit repetitive . Over all it did inspire me to keep my own work of art going. Also , i think it’s well written and the background story is thoroughly done and gave the biographies a good core to work around. It’s a good book not only for a McQueen fan but also to get som knowledge for him, the brand and what he did for fashion and made art history with. Even if it at times seems to be read by google it’s overall a soothing and good voice that reads it!

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Superb

Fascinating and tragic account of a supremely talented but tortured individual . Would recommend to those interested in fashion and those who are not

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Fascinating, such a creative man

Perfectly narrated and written biography of such a creative, multidimensional and talented man, The book captured the relentless pressure Alexander McQueen was under to produce and create his collections, which probably drove him to seek escape by all hedonistic means possible.
I’m not a fashionista at all, can’t sew (except hems), but now see the fashion industry in a completely new light both the good (creative, fast paced, massive job creator) and the bad (greedy and exploitative).

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Beautiful and haunting

A great biography about a great man. Very moving, very sad and the story stays with you. What a genius he was. Such a moving biography.

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In depth look @ McQueen, but some technical issues

I've been interested in McQueen and subsequently, Isabella Blow for some time now so thought I'd give this audiobook a try. A good, in depth look at their relationship and the tragedy that plagued them both. What was frustrating, was the fact that at some points the audio didn't match up and sounded completely different - as if it had been recorded and then put in at a different date. This made it hard to focus at times and took away from the book as a whole. Overall, I enjoyed learning more in depth about McQueen and his fashion journey, but the performance was definitely a let down.

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a moving, detailed account of McQueen

A fascinating insight into the worls of the designer and his life. It felt very honest portray both the highlights and troubles of his life.
Not a note on the story, but the audio track is a little odd, as it frequently seems to change in tone, as if recorded differently and at times it sounds like a other voice entirely. I noticed something similar on another audiobook I listened to recently. I hope audible try to resolve these issues, as they do distract and take you out of the narrative.

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Fascinating insight into the world of fashion

A brilliant book with some very odd edits. On the whole the narration is excellent but now and again there is an edit where another voice (or the same voice on a different day with different technology) edited in for a sbort time. This can be quite distracting at times. Still well worth listening to.

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If you interested in the darker side of fashion...

Very interesting listen, a glimpse into the pressure cooker world of fashion houses and the unlikely rise of the immensely talented self described " yob" who was Lee McQueen. My only problem with this book which seems an honest and well researched account, is that I found the man himself harder and harder to like, though this does not detract from the book . Capable of great generosity, witty and sharp, he was also capable increasingly of cruelty and hypocrisy...railing against consumerist society while having several beautifully appointed homes and a hedonistic lifestyle,and an avowed animal lover who used fur in his designs, and although he was hiv pos, this seemed to have no impact on his sexual activities. If certainly inspired me to look more into his extraordinary creations and his work ethic was phenomenal though seemed to impact at the sharp end on some of his staff. His increasing drug dependency fuelled by the relentless pressure of the fashion industry was a sad and dark tale. Immense respe t for his creativity which seemed boundless, less for the man.

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Loved this brilliant book

Loved the whole book, very well written and narrated, you really felt the essence of Alexander McQueen 5****

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enjoyable

interesting look at the fashion industry. its hedonism and colourful people .,of a flawed genius

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  • 21-01-21

Earnest and Voyeuristic

The author makes no apologies for Lee. The entire thing feels like a juicy second hand secret.

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  • CathyF.
  • 16-10-22

Rags to Riches

I feel very bad for this tortured soul … he was definitely traumatized by sexual predators at a young age… his head was really messed with . I wish they could have explained more in depth exactly how his gifts came to light . There was a lot about his terrible personality quirks and very bad habits … abusing drugs and alcohol…, very very promiscuous sexually even with his HIV diagnosis he still delved deep into drugs and unprotected sex …. He was a very sad, aggressive, kind of mean person and a kind of gross person too ….. He was surrounded by fashion vampires of coarse so there’s lots of info on those freaks but we never really find out the extent of this guys gifts and genius the real origin’s . Very tawdry information here not a lot of deep material on his talent and it’s origins. I definitely have less of an opinion on him now because of this book .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-21

McQueen is made tangible in Wilson's masterpiece

Page by page Wilson draws you into the realms of tortured genius and creative passion!

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  • Sylvester A Cetina
  • 16-10-18

Great! Interesting and well researched

The book is fantastic. Great insight into McQueen’s life, and the best biography to date. Save for a couple of examples where the narrator mispronounces a few words, it is very enjoyable.