There have been various books on Alexander McQueen since the death of the designer in 2010, but none that quite sum it up like ‘Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary’. With a foreword by his close friend, muse and avid collector of his work Daphne Guinness, this handsome tome offers insight into the Hackney-born designer’s unseen world. Delving back to his career’s beginnings at tailor Anderson & Sheppard on Savile Row to his Givenchy couture debut in Paris and then fashion superstardom under Gucci, it charts McQueen’s meteoric rise to the top. ‘In the broad scheme of things, McQueen was not as influential as the Beatles, but in the fashion world he had achieved celebrity status,’ claims its author, the fashion lecturer Judith Watts, who does a diligent job of dissecting McQueen’s key moments, influences and career highs and lows as well as examining his closest relationships with people like Isabella Blow and Kate Moss. If you buy one book on McQueen, let this be it. Maggie Davis
Alexander McQueen Fashion Visionary, £30. For info, see carltonbooks.co.uk.