Savage Beauty – Alexander McQueen at the V&A – EXTENDED OPENING

STOP PRESS – Opening extended for the last weekend

Due to unprecedented demand the V&A will open round the clock next weekend for the very last weekend of this amazing exhibition.  I was so lucky last month to view this with 3 of my favourite ladies; my mum, sister and 19 year old niece.

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From the early days of his 1992 graduation show – purchased in its entirety by the late, great, stylist Isabella Blow, right up to his final A/W 2010 collection; finished by Sarah Burton (of Royal Wedding dress fame) after his tragic and untimely death, the exhibition is full of iconic pieces and jaw dropping designs.

A highlight for me was the dress worn by Shalom Harlow in his S/S 91 Collection.  A plain white dress to start with; it was spray painted while being modelled, resulting in an incredibly beautiful unique dress.

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A wearable work of art; the dress itself is the centerpiece of one of the exhibition’s most absorbing rooms – The Cabinet of Curiosities.  A room absolutely jammed with accessories and clothing from the entire span of McQueen’s work.

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Installation view of ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ gallery, Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A
Picture credit: Victoria and Albert Museum London

I can’t fully express how wonderful an experience the exhibition is.  If you can at all, then please, please go.  Of course the V&A itself is well worth a visit as well.  I consider myself incredibly lucky to live just a Tube ride away from such an incredibly vibrant museum and could visit every week without feeling sated.

London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.’
– Alexander McQueen, January 2000

One last image – my favourite picture of Alexander McQueen. Such life and vitality.

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