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.
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.
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.
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.