The photographer, Anne Deniau was there as the artistic visionary of Alexander McQueen unfurled. Over the span of thirteen years, with every click of her camera, she was privy to the insulated inner workings of the designer’s exacting methods while creating his elaborate runway spectacles. From September of 1997 through his final posthumous showing in 2010, she gleaned images of those heightened, behind-the-scenes moments backstage – from the meticulous preparation between his close collaborators to the exhalation of the first model onto the runway. An artist capturing a fellow artist, hers was the only camera permitted.
Her new book titled, Love Looks Not With the Eyes: Thirteen Years With Lee Alexander McQueen is a compilation of 400 images, selected from the more than 30,000 captured. Most are never-before-seen. Deniau’s pictures bear witness to McQueen’s remarkable synthesis of the audaciously feminine and the commanding. They underscore every contour of magnificent tailoring – capture every thorough detail of the fragile juxtaposed with the bold.
It is an exquisite homage to both their friendship and her veneration for the prolific designer.