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Gods and kings: the rise and fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

Gods and kings: the rise and fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

Thomas, Dana, 1964- author

In the first decade of the 21st century, the fashion world was dominated by two very different but equally successful - and turbulent - figures. But then, within 12 months, Alexander McQueen had committed suicide, and John Galliano's career had unravelled in public after he was arrested for an anti-Semitic tirade at a Paris bar. Dana Thomas uses the story of these two charismatic figures to look behind the closed doors of the notoriously secretive fashion world

Hardback, Book. English.
Published United Kingdom: Allen Lane, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Dana Thomas
ISBN: 1846146135, 9781846146138
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 420 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
Subject: Beauty and Fashion.; McQueen, Alexander, 1969-2010.; Clothing trade Great Britain.; Fashion designers Great Britain Biography.; Fashion design Great Britain History 20th century.; Galliano, John.

Author note

Dana Thomas has written forThe

New York Timesmagazine,theNew Yorker, WSJ,theFinancial Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and was the European editor ofCondé Nast Portfolio. She is a contributing editor forT: The New York Times Stylemagazine, and the author ofThe New York Timesbestseller,Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre. She lives in Paris.


A page-turning tale of fashion's highest flyers
i-D||Fascinating... a well-told story of poetry, art and angst
Tatler||A vivid, arresting account
Evening Standard||More than a delicious read
InStyle||Riveting... [Dana Thomas] is terrific at describing the shock value of their shows
Mail on Sunday||Thomas has spoken to more than 100 fashion insiders to put together a portrait of an era dominated, in her account, by these two uncontrollable and wild talents... Thomas's narrative flits deftly between the "parallel professional journeys" of two men with a similar rebellious streak
Telegraph||Conjures up the particular madness of the fashion treadmill, with its constant quest for newness and the inevitability that a triumph would be followed by a fall
New Statesman||Occasionally titillating and ultimately poignant
T, The New York Times Style Magazine||Those who have readDeluxe, Thomas's fashion-world expose, will know she tackles subjects many steer clear of. She's done it again withGods and Kings, a dual biography of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Their rise is a romp to read but most fascinating is their fall
Monocle||A must read
Attitude||One of the most anticipated fashion reads of 2015 ... explores the complicated minds of the two designers. From their brilliant early collections and career highs to McQueen's tragic suicide and Galliano's public meltdown, Thomas pays equal heed to the darkness and the light of both men in this gripping story of fashion Icaruses who flew too close to the sun
San Francisco Chronicle||Gods and Kingsis a spectacular work of reconstruction. Many passages conjure cinematic scenes of their lives and, more important, lush images of the designers' work and shows in the early and creatively fertile periods from which few photographs (let alone scarce sample garments) survive
Globe and Mail||Dana Thomas unspools the intertwined lives of McQueen and design contemporary John Galliano with the eye and precision of a historian. It is one of the year's most inspiring works of nonfiction
Gawker||A compelling drama about the high-stakes world of couture culture
Kirkus Reviews||Dana Thomas has written a real-life saga that is as engaging and compelling as a work of great fiction. By taking us inside the fascinating world of fashion, she gives us a startling tale of ambition, creativity, fame, and ultimately tragedy. This is a terrific book||Comprehensive, detailed, coldly accurate yet extraordinarily sympathetic, Dana Thomas'sGods and Kingsis a fascinating double biography of two dressmakers of genius. But it's also a riveting, definitive history of the three decades in which fashion devolved from a coddling cottage business to a cutthroat industry quite capable of killing its young. As commerce triumphs over art, you can only cringe, but you also have to admire Thomas's exhaustive account of what fashion folk would no doubt refer to as a moment that will never, and can never, be repeated||John Galliano and Alexander McQueen raised the bar creatively and theatrically with their high-impact fashion shows. InGods and Kings, Paris based fashion writer Dana Thomas digs deep with the zeal of a historian, to chronicle the parallel dramas of the British fashion wunderkinds, whose careers ended tragically, way too soon