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Print - Five Seconds
  • Five Seconds
    Alexander McQueen, born 1969 - died 2010
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Five Seconds

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alexander McQueen, born 1969 - died 2010 (artist)
    SHOWstudio (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital inkjet print

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case NN, shelf 2, box A

This digital print is by the fashion designer Alexander McQueen. It shows a snapshot of some everyday clutter, with an orange dildo in the middle. The image communicates humour and surprise and the mundane setting is worlds away from the glamour and drama of McQueen’s fashion shows.

This print is included in a limited-edition box set of prints and photographs, published by SHOWstudio in 2001. The set consists of a range of works by a variety of people from the creative industries, from photographers to pop stars, and the works – a collection of art, artefacts and fashion ephemera – are exclusive to this set. The mix of media and creative practitioners involved in this portfolio reflects the interests of the SHOWstudio project, concerned with contemporary image-making, fashion and multimedia. It could be described as a time capsule or a modern archive.

Physical description

'Five Seconds', digital inkjet print, one of 49 prints from 'SHOWstudio' portfolio.

Place of Origin

London (published)


2001 (made)


Alexander McQueen, born 1969 - died 2010 (artist)
SHOWstudio (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Digital inkjet print


Height: 210 mm sheet, Width: 255 mm sheet, Height: 85 mm image, Width: 112 mm image

Descriptive line

'Five Seconds', digital inkjet print by Alexander McQueen, one of 49 prints from 'SHOWstudio' portfolio, London 2001




Digital inkjet printing

Subjects depicted

Sex; Sexuality




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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