Photographer: Andres Serrano
When I was asked to photograph a Londoner, I immediately thought of Alexander McQueen. I was a big fan of Alexander McQueen, I owned several coats by McQueen, and my wife, Irina, was also a McQueen fan. "What better person to meet in London than Alexander McQueen?" I thought. I expected Alexander McQueen to look like Alexander McQueen. I expected him to look as flamboyant and theatrical as his clothes. I thought I'd find a figure of great elegance and beauty, sophisticated, daring and clever.
Instead, I found a man in a hooded sweatshirt. I met a man who dressed like he had no interest in clothes, let alone designed them. That was the beauty of Alexander McQueen. He didn't have to dress like Alexander McQueen to be Alexander McQueen. When Irina asked "Lee" what he was thinking of, he said, his work. He was working on 14 collections and that's what was running through his head as I took his picture.
I was happy to learn that Lee owned a couple of my photos which made me feel good that we liked each other's work. I feel honoured and privileged to have met Lee, if only once. Alexander McQueen was a genius who hid behind his work as he hid behind a sweatshirt, the day I photographed him.
by Andres Serrano, photographer - andresserrano.org