It’s Day 5 of our week-long journey through Nick Knight’s archive of projects created in collaboration with Lee McQueen. Each day, we’ve been revealing one previously unseen, newly edited piece of footage and today’s archive surprise originates from 1998.
Inspired by the Alexander McQueen A/W 98 Joan collection, Nick Knight shot an editorial for the April 1998 issue of The Face featuring Lee McQueen himself in character as Joan of Arc and model Shirley Mallmann on a bed of nails. The process of creating the extreme editorial and cover images was captured by Knight for his archive using handycams.
Sitting alongside the footage, in the latest in a series of interview with other individuals who collaborated with the designer, Lou Stoppard interviewed Nadja Swarovski about her relationship with the designer. The principle sponsors of Savage Beauty at the V&A, Swarovski provided support for many of McQueen’s shows and projects during his lifetime. Nadja Swarovski speaks about meeting Lee McQueen through Isabella Blow, her love of working with fashion designers and the ways McQueen worked with crystals.
As always, today’s newly revealed footage is contextualised by an interview with Knight himself, as he recalls shooting McQueen and Mallmann for the April 1998 The Face cover story.
Immerse yourself in our Unseen McQueen project so far, and stay tuned for more exclusive content, released daily until 19 March 2015.