V&A to Stage Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will finally present the hugely popular designer’s retrospective in March 2015.

Text: George Kapsimalis

 

One of the most popular exhibitions in the history of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,entitled ‘Savage Beauty’, that attracted the record breaking of  more than 600.000 visitors back in 2011, will open in Victoria and Albert Museum in March 2015.

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The widly succesful exhibition includes a collection that covers the spectrum of Mcqueen’s work from his 1992 MA graduate show, in Central Saint Martins, to his unfinished 2010 autumn/winter collection. It was then curated by the Costume Institute and became one of the MET’s top ten exhibitions ever, presented in high dramatic staging and a sense of spectacle synonymous to Mcqueen’s aesthetic.

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“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,” said V&A director Martin Roth in a statement.

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Lee Alexander McQueen, the son of a taxi driver, grew up in East London and worked as a pattern-cutter and tailor on Savile Row before attending renowned art and fashion school Central Saint Martins. He often imbued his collections with a dark sense of theatre, objectified his models in a dark, twisted sexual manner using bondage, chainmail and even girl fainting upon being cinced into the most minute of corsets. He busted fashion out of its commercial confines and reinvent its role in contemporary society. Mcqueen was the kind of genius that only comes around once in a generation.

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“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” will be hosted in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, 14 March-19 July 2015, sponsored by Swarovski and American Express.