Visionaire‘s McQueen Tribute Printed on Paper Embedded with Wildflower Seeds

The new issue of Visionaire—our favorite limited-edition art-meets-fashion triannual—has been unveiled, and it’s a lush tribute to Alexander McQueen. The late designer’s work first appeared in the pages of the shape-shifting publication in 1996. “Since that time, he has been a continuous inspiration and presence in Visionaire,” note editors Steven Gan, Cecilia Dean, and James Kaliardos, who met with McQueen in 2003 about the possibility of collaborating with him on an issue. “His daring designs and challenging ideas of fashion have consistently excited and provoked us.” The theme of this, the fifty-eighth edition of Visionaire, is “spirit,” and it consists of a collection of images inspired by the late designer. Contributors include Nick Knight, Steven Klein, Inez van Lambsweerde and Vinoodh Matin, Steven Meisel, and Lady Gaga. Tucked inside a case accented with metallized golden brocade from McQueen’s spring 2010 show, the unbound photos are printed on paper embedded with wildflower seeds: when planted, watered, and given sun, the pages blossom.