Alexander the DATE – Savage Beauty, The Alexander McQueen Exhibition at the V&A by Alice Whewell

imageThe widely anticipated Alexander McQueen:  Savage Beauty exhibition has returned home to London.  This major retrospective hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum in partnership with Swarovski celebrates the iconic GENIUS of (Lee) Alexander McQueen and honours the designer’s love of the animal world, ancestry and his exploration of tailoring traditional practices.

This vast V&A exhibition provides the prefect date location, treating viewers to an embellished journey through McQueen’s raw creativity in the London years, transporting you from the shockingly beautiful to the Romantic Naturalism.  Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s signature silhouettes housed in stunning gothic sets in brooding blacks and golds, accented by his East London tones which can be heard as you pass through the space.

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Savage Beauty is a celebration of the most imaginative and talented designer of our time.  Lee was a genius and a try visionary who pushed boundaries, challenged and inspired’.

Sarah Burton, Creative Director Alexander McQueen.

The heart of the exhibition lies within the cabinet of Curiosities located in the double heighted gallery is home to an array of revolving accessories and 120 garments interspersed with catwalk footage from a rich collection archive.  This part of the exhibition has been expanded since the New York exhibition in the Met.  This space provides a complete sensory experiences showcasing McQueen’s passion for collaborative creations new design innovations, with the use of industrial machinery and holographic technologies. This is no girly night out, this offers something for everyone with a modicum of taste and is testament to McQueen’s genius status. This man was able to transcend the worlds of Art, Fashion, Design with ease and question the perception of beauty and what defines it so simply.

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The Collection at the V&A never fails to intrigue and inspire me.  The nation is privileged to have access to such a resource… it’s the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight’.

Alexander McQueen

For a spontaneous night at the museum, visit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum, until August 2 2015.

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