"Alexander McQueen with skull and cigarettes, Clerkenwell, London, 2009" photographed by Tim Walker + the scrapbook showing the making of the shoot (from Tim Walker: Story Teller)
"I had a very specific idea about him. Andy Hillman the London-based set designer] had made a bowtie out of bones and a skull that was meant to fit on his head so that he became sandwiched between a skull and crossbones. But he absolutely wouldn’t do that, he ripped off the bowtie and said, ‘I’m not doing that, but I love the skull and I love smoking.’ In a way that’s a gift because that photograph would be meaningless if he had just done what I’d told him to do – you wouldn’t learn anything about him. He lit up a cigarette, put a cigarette in the skull and put his finger in his mouth and gave that to the camera.
That picture then actually became more valuable because he died two weeks later. It becomes, in a way, a memento mori of a great talent. But even if he were still alive, you really feel his attitude.” - Tim Walker via