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All Hail the Year of the Great Alexander McQueen

“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.“

“Give me time, and I’ll give you a revolution“ – Alexander McQueen

Britain’s beloved Alexander finally returns home, as the V&A excitedly unveil their monumental spring exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

To say Savage Beauty has been highly anticipated; is a gigantic understatement at best. Since the announcement of the V&A’s exhibition, tickets have sold like wild fire. Some of the earliest available now are not until late summer, making  Savage Beauty by a long shot the most popular, must see retrospective of this year.

Mirroring the V&A’s already expert and extraordinary repertoire of multi-sensory grand scale exhibitions, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty claims the title of being the first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe. First originated by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty  is one of the greatest ticket grossing exhibitions of all time, not to mention decadently dark.

Greatest attention to detail has been given to illustrate the creative brilliance behind his work and sheer magnitude of his process, thoughts and talent which he applied to each inch.

Throughout several manicured rooms his designs are presented with the dramatic staging, dark macabre, chilling perfection and the sense of spectacle for which his runway shows became most well known.

The V&A’s Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work as never seen before. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection. Edited and expanded , featuring 30 additional garments, including some rare early pieces, lent by private individuals and collectors such as Katy England and Annabelle Neilson as well as pieces from the Isabella Blow Collection and the House of Givenchy.

A new section has also been added focusing on McQueen’s fledgling development as a designer in London, as well as a spectacular holographic replica of the ethereal Kate Moss, almost life size which appeared as the finale of his Autumn/Winter 06-07 show, ‘Widow of Culloden’

Thou I was not fortunate enough to witness Savage Beauty’s first time around in New York, I was privileged enough to be invited to see the V&A’s version here in London. Hype or no hype, what they have created is an absolutely spin-tingling and evocative homage for fans of his work and those you have no idea.  McQueen’s beautifully tortured and talented spirit lingers throughout and personifies the impact he contributed to the fashion industry in ways we will thankfully still explore, enjoy and experience for many years to come.

Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen comments “Savage Beauty is a celebration of the most imaginative and talented designer of our time. Lee was a genius and a true visionary who pushed boundaries, challenged and inspired. He believed in creativity and innovation and his talent was limitless.”

Martin Roth, V&A Director, said “I am thrilled to announce that the V&A will bring this wonderful exhibition to London to celebrate the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times. Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here – by staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home.” 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
14 March- 19 July 2015
£17.50 *Highly in demand
www.vam.ac.uk

Words by Tracy Kawalik

Photos by Tracy Kawalik

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