Savage Beauty the highly anticipated retrospective of Lee Alexander McQueen has arrived at the V&A. The costume institute at the MET in New York set the ball very high, but the Victoria and Albert in partnership with Swarovski have pulled out all the stops to best represent the late London Designer. Exhibitions are essentially static, as a crowd we move in an understanding uniform of observing still life, appreciating, and then moving along. The challenge for Senior curator of Fashion Claire Wilcox must have been to represent the vibrancy of who the Designer was, and exceed our expectations following the New York showing, because as we all know McQueen was about so much more than just clothes.
Ginsbury and Whiting the production company that collaborated with McQueen staging his legendary catwalk shows worked with the V&A on the Savage Beauty exhibition. The result is a series of dramatic installations and displays that truly capture the essence of his life work from graduate, to his final post apocalyptic world bow. There is an element of the exquisite ballerina that turns when you open a music box, as you walk through the rooms you are truly immersed in McQueens pursuit in challenging boundaries of art and fashion. The cabinet of curiosities is a stunning visual overload of catwalk video reels, shoes, accessories and rare pieces which are truly poetry in motion.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty opens 14th March running until 2 August 2015. This really needs to be a date in your calendar, advance booking is advised, but members go free. I intend to make a few more trips, but please check out more of my highlights included in my video from inside the exhibition preview.
Go inside Savage Beauty
*All pictures and video were taken by me.