Savage Beauty

Originally showcased in 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this retrospective is the largest and the first of the late designer Alexander McQueen to be exhibited in Europe.

The show is arranged thematically as one might expect, you journey through McQueen’s collections over the years. The space is a visual delight and well used by the museum although do expect a bucket load of visitors to be around, the show is virtually sold out until July.  

The pieces on display range from the ‘London Look’ that McQueen championed in his early years to pieces made from animal feathers and dead flowers delicately sewn together. The latter is a reminder that McQueen was not only a force himself but was part of a British artistic collective with the likes of Damien Hirst whose work is centred around the idea of the life and death cycle.

McQueen once famously said “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress” and his collections are a testimony to this. This exhibition is a must see, expect all the theatrical elements and high drama that comes with a McQueen runway show. 

Savage Beauty is running until August 2 2015 at the V&A. Book your tickets here

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