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Fashion Analysis - Craig McDean

Sam Laroa

FSH 629

April 8, 2014

Fashion Analysis:

Craig McDean

            Craig McDean is a British fashion photographer. He was born in Middlewich, near Manchester, in 1964. McDean dreamed of being a motocross professional. Luckily for the fashion industry, he wasn’t nearly good enough.

            McDean left home for college at the age of 20. His studies focused on auto mechanics, but he also took a single photography class. Fairly soon after starting, he dropped out of school. McDean’s new goal was to track down photographer Nick Knight, and get a job working for him. After tagging along to shoots with no compensation, Knight finally hired McDean as his official assistant.

            McDean became Knight’s protégé. “I took him in because of the way he looked,” Knight said. “He was more like David Bowie than Bowie. Magenta hair. But he turned out to be one of the best assistants I ever had. It was like having Superman on the team. He used to run everywhere; his black belt training - showed. I had no doubt he would succeed when he left.” ( Knight helped McDean create a portfolio. McDean worked for Knight for two years before moving to Japan doing photography for the government. Many of the photos her took while there would be showed in an exhibit and book, Sumo, many years later.

            McDean’s career began to gain momentum in the mid 1990s after he returned from Japan. In 1997, Calvin Klein commissioned him to do all 9 of their campaigns. The ads featured Kate Moss and Angela Lindvall.

            Since then, McDean has consistently found work in the fashion industry. He has shot advertising campaigns for Christian Dior, Estée Lauder, Givenchy, Gucci, Jil Sander, Oscar de la Renta, Armani, and Yves Saint Laurent. He has also shot editorials for major publications like  Vogue, Italian Vogue, French Vogue, British Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, and i-D. He has worked with Karl Templer, Grace Coddington, Edward Enninful, Jane How, and wife, Tabitha Simmons.  In 2008, he received the ICP Infinity Award. Additionally, he has had two books published: I Love Fast Cars and Lifescapes. McDean is currently represented by Art + Commerce, and he lives in New York with Simmons.

            McDean has a very unique photographic style. He is doing everything from Grace Coddington editorial to beauty advertisements for Estee Lauder. “He works in an ultrarealistic style that makes his models look sexual, but not crude, whether in the studio or on location.” (

Works & Photos Cited

Fashion Analysis - Craig McDean - Advertising

Fashion Analysis - Craig McDean - Covers

Fashion Analysis - Craig McDean - Editorials (Vogue, Interview, and W Magazine)

Be Calm.

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I trust him, and I want to trust him. It just that my experience has taught me to all be ready for the worst, so this fictional scenario is making me a little crazy. I know that best thing I can do is be clam. I have to relax and have faith for both of us. Everything will be fine.

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