‘Inferno’ – Alexander McQueen / Kent Baker
Curated by Olly Walker and Futurecity
Future City presents a previously unseen group of images shot by Kent Baker just after the iconic designer’s graduation from Central St Martin’s. McQueen’s seminal show, entitled ‘Dante’, was held in the famous Christchurch, Spitalfields in 1996. The candid group of images were all shot on film, printed on Hahnemuhle 308 Fine Art paper and mounted on 2mm aluminium sheet with birch ply split batten hanging system. The mounted prints were accompanied by sketches, drawings and general workings from the designer to give the public an intimate look at how the show was influenced and conceived.
“I said that night that I’d like to bring a camera backstage at Dante. I promised to keep a low profile. To my surprise, Lee said okay. As it worked out, everyone there, including me, knew each other socially as well as being colleagues and I’d shot many of the models at one time or another, so my presence wasn’t out of place. In the end Lee was even suggesting shots for me to take.” – Kent Baker on Lee Alexander McQueen, ‘Inferno’ (2015), Laurence King Publishing.