We’re nearing the end of our week-long celebration of Nick Knight and Lee McQueen’s creative collaborations. The penultimate piece of footage gleaned from Knight’s archives shows the creation of an image from 1999 for the debut issue of Tina Brown’s Talk magazine. The final photograph follows the tradition of Knight and McQueen collaborations in terms of its extreme imagery and emotive concept. McQueen appears bound in chains and hanging from his own flesh in a padded cell, the themes of torment and captivity symbolising the designer’s unhappiness working as head designer at Givenchy. The short film gives a glimpse of the image-making process from beginning to end.
Marian Newman is the latest of McQueen’s collaborators to be interviewed about her relationship with the ground-breaking designer. The nail artist speaks about working on shows and projects including the Alexander McQueen S/S 10 Plato’s Atlantis show, Lee McQueen’s last. 'Every time I did something with him there was always a story with the nails, which was great - and it was unheard of in those days,' she says of the designer's attention to detail.
In conversation with Lou Stoppard about his Talk magazine image, known as The Cell and shown as today's unseen footage, Nick Knight gives his penultimate interview on his creative collaborations with Lee.
Enjoy today's exclusive Unseen McQueen content, we'll be releasing the final piece of archive footage and accompanying interviews tomorrow, 19 March.