This article was originally published on Hungertv.com in March 2015…
[T]oday marks the opening of Nick Waplington’s new exhibition at the Tate Britain, a collaborative art project with the late Alexander McQueen. First realised as a photo book, Working Process takes viewers into the extraordinary world of the legendary designer, going behind the scenes of McQueen’s iconic AW09 collection and show, Horn of Plenty.
Waplington was commissioned by McQueen in 2008 (Lee was a fan of his Living Room series) to document the creation of his final autumn/winter collection, which was considered a retrospective of Lee’s career, given that it reused certain silhouettes and fabrics from prior collections and bits of set from previous shows.
Drawing on the concepts explored in the collection, Waplington presents the photographs of McQueen and his team at work alongside conceptual images of landfill sites in East London. For many, both the collection and the photographic series documenting it, draw on the throwaway nature of creativity today, and the cycle of the fashion industry.
On the day that the exhibition opens, we photographed Nick at his London studio and had a quick chat about McQueen’s legacy and why he’ll never collaborate with a designer again.