Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend the press preview of the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A Museum, London. This exhibition was previously shown in New York where it completely sold out. The exhibition has finally landed in London and it’s even bigger and better than it was in NYC.
‘Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.’
Each room is beautifully dressed to reflect the mood of the collection. There are no room-sized glass cabinets hiding half the collection, everything is clearly displayed so you can see each garment in full. The lighting is perfect; it shows all the detailing of the garments, while still being sympathetic to the mood of the collection. Many pieces are displayed without glass, those which are in cabinets are done so the view isn’t impeded. Some pieces are shown rotating so you can see them as sculptures.
Each room is incredible, but there is one room which can only be described as a huge hall of curiosities. It is filled from floor to ceiling with garments, jewellery, shoes, hats, video footage and more. This room is vast and could be an exhibition in itself.
Another highlight of the show is a life-sized hologram of Kate Moss seemingly emerging from light and silk from his 2006 exhibition. This was one of the few things we were not able to photograph, but it is pretty incredible.
This is one of those must-see exhibition that you will regret if you don’t visit. Some tickets have already sold out and more tickets are being released every day. You might need to sharpen your elbows for this one, or take a half day off work, but either way it is totally worth it!
This exhibition runs from 14th March – 2nd August and you can book tickets here. It is held In partnership with Swarovski and supported by American Express.