Our Unseen McQueen series continues with footage from 2005. Lee McQueen and Nick Knight worked together to create the campaign imagery for Puma’s first collaboration with Alexander McQueen. Inspired by Lee McQueen’s passion for nature, the concept for the shoot surrounded the idea of a man morphing into a cat. The footage cuts from Lee McQueen explaining the process of creating the image to the shoot itself, featuring an athletic model and a live puma; ‘he wasn’t very co-operative, he just snarled a lot and sat on his arse’ noted McQueen of the animal. The film also shows the stages of laborious retouching that went into completing the photograph.
Interviewed by Lou Stoppard, Joseph Bennett talks about working with the designer on his theatrical runway shows. A British production designer, Bennett designed every Alexander McQueen show since Spring/Summer 1999’s No 13. He also designed the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Met in New York and the V&A in London.
Finally, in today’s interview with Nick Knight, the photographer recalls the same Puma shoot seen in our newly edited archive footage and the difficulty of trying to recreate the 'power of nature... with a slightly overweight puma in Park Royal Studios.'
Enjoy Day 4 of our Unseen McQueen series and expect the next installment at 11:00 GMT tomorrow, 17 March 2015.