Introduction from Shaun Leane and essays by three esteemed authors: Joanna Hardy, Claire Wilcox and Vivienne BeckerFeaturing multiple, stunning, unseen photographs by world renowned photographersA comprehensive visual record of the life's work of this renowned jewelry designer, known for his work with Alexander McQueenAn exceptional book, printed to the highest standardsCelebrated world-wide for his modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design, Shaun Leane has been responsible for creating a new genre of jewelry; precious, poetic, with a sense of eternity, yet relevant to today's world.Illustrated with a breath-taking combination of high fashion shots and detailed close-ups of the pieces themselves. Captured by photographers Nick Knight, Robert Fairer and Chris Moore, along with a dedicated photo essay of unseen backstage images recorded by Leane's close friend Ann Ray.Shaun Leane is introduced by the jeweler himself, then divided into three distinct parts: His heritage and training, by Joanna Hardy; reflections on Leane's famous collaboration with Alexander McQueen, by Claire Wilcox; and his modern classic commercial jewelry style, by Vivienne Becker. Altogether, this book provides a vital overview of an artist that will be of interest to anyone who follows the contemporary jewelry and fashion scene.
About the Author
Joanna Hardy is a gemologist, offering consultancy and evaluation. She brings her substantial knowledge of the field to this book, having worked for De Beers, Philips and Sotheby's. With Thames & Hudson, she has previously published Collect Contemporary Jewelry, Emerald and Ruby. She is a regular guest on Antiques Roadshow. Claire Wilcox is the Chair in Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion as well as Senior Curator of Fashion at the Victoria & Albert museum since 2004. Among the exhibitions she curated at the V&A are Vivienne Westwood (2004) and From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s (2013) and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2015). Vivienne Becker is a jewelry writer, historian and journalist, having authored several books on the subject. She is a Contributing Editor to How to Spend It magazine (Financial Times), and her list of published books include Art Nouveau Jewelry, Fabulous Costume Jeweler and Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box, which topped the NY Times bestseller list.