The retrospective of the year at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, entirely dedicated to the enfant prodige of British fashion
“I am a romantic schizophrenic”
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty starts this weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum, until the 2nd of August. Borrowed from the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Savage Beauty brings together more than 240 accessories and clothes of the designer: from the first collection to complete his Masters at Central Saint Martins School of Fashion in 1992, until his last 2010 collection, inspired by Plato’s Atlantis.
A comprehensive retrospective dedicated to Lee Alexander McQueen‘s immense creativity and craftsmanship. Ten rooms entirely dedicated to his main inspirations, from primitivism, to naturalism and gothic, up to aquatic designs inspired by Plato’s Atlantis.
Embroideries, lace, silk, flowers, organza, white, red and black soft plumes. In McQueen’ s creations beauty is no longer harmony and balance of shapes, it is rather eclectic and endless inspiration, with an open-minded and unconventional approach.
The Romantic Naturalism room is plenty of flowers, silk and white lace, and gives the visitor a sense of “dreamy” atmosphere, in sharp contrast to the previous Gothic installations. In the middle of Cabinet of Curiosities, there is a post-modern dancer, wearing a tutu decorated with punk yellow and black paint, turning on itself on a rotating platform. All around the platform outstanding creations, from a dress made entirely with white feathers to the Swarovski Crystal Bell Jar Dress (2009 collection) created in collaboration with the Austrian jewellery company.
His kaleidoscopic approach to fashion impressed the spectator, forced to a radical rethinking of the concept of fashion. Fashion is no longer only a presentation of collections, is transformed into a theatrical and spectacular drama.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
14 March – 2 August
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, SW7 2R, London
For further information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/
(Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in partnership with Swarovski, supported by American Express, with thanks to MAC Cosmetics and made possible with the co-operation of Alexander McQueen, runs from 14th March – 2 August – http://www.vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty).