Alasdair McLellan’s Ultimate Clothing Company is both an intimate and introspective monograph edited and designed by art directors M/M (PARIS).
The book channels Alasdair McLellan's romantic notions about being English and Northern. McLellan began to photograph in 1986, he admired those who have directed generations through their own similar obsessions such as Bruce Weber’s playful and sexually charged imagery of America and Steven Patrick Morrissey’s unfaltering melancholy and mythological observations. McLellan’s work maintains both the edginess of these influences as well as the unashamedly lyrical pulse which makes the work a tune for the masses. The Northern, working class aesthetic of Bradford’s Buttershaw Estate, immortalized in Alan Clarke’s classic film Rita, Sue and Bob Too! has continually had a pull for McLellan — his photographs play with the tension of the ordinary in a similarly unselfconscious way as it's writer Andrea Dunbar.
116 pgs, 24.5 × 24.5 cm, Softcover, a fold-out poster-boy dust jacket and a protective plastic cover with sticker, 2013, 9782918392095