Metro supports ‘Archive – McQueen: Backstage – The Early Years’ Book Launch and Exhibition


Metro is delighted to produce silver gelatin limited edition prints at the new exhibition supporting the launch of ‘Archive: McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows’ the first book from Big Smile Publishing, Commemorating the fifth anniversary of McQueen’s untimely death, the exhibition features select and never seen before images by Gary Wallis, renowned British photographer and Big Smile founder.

Having met whilst studying at Central Saint Martins, photographer Gary Wallis and Lee McQueen, later known as Alexander McQueen, began their long term collaboration when Lee asked Gary to shoot his MA graduation collection ‘Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims’.

The pair next met shortly before McQueen’s ‘Banshee’ collection at Café de Paris, when Wallis was asked to make a short ‘home movie’ including the show backstage plus shooting pictures. For McQueen’s next four shows  ‘The Birds’, ‘Highland Rape’, ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Dante’, Wallis was given backstage access to take pictures.

It is these mainly unseen images that make up the first book from the ‘archive’ series – a library of images which has been hidden away in filing cabinets for 20 years until now. Wallis’ images provide a true insider’s view into a rare moment in time, as McQueen pushed the boundaries of convention and rose up to be the rebel king of British fashion. This intimate collection, published as a beautiful litho printed hardback, is a must have for any discerning lover of McQueen and fashion alike.

Proud Galleries has been a resolute supporter of British photography for over 20 years meaning there is no better place to display the genius and talent of two British boys at the onset of their careers.  An exclusive preview copy of the book at a discounted price will be available at the exhibition as well as the opportunity to view and purchase limited edition prints.

Proud Galleries, 161 King’s Road, London, SW3 5XP

Exhibition dates: 4th March – 5th April 2015
Launch date: 3rd March 2015
Opening times:  Monday to Sunday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free

For information about Alexander McQueen
For information about the book ‘Archive – McQueen: Backstage – The Early Years’
For information about the exhibition

Images © Gary Willis
1.  Lee doing cartwheels across the lawn at Hilles House 1994
2.  Lee  at Hilles House 1994
3.  Isabella Blow asleep at Elizabeth Street after a weekend filming at Hilles House with Lee in 1994