I was so excited to be among the first to see the most anticipated exhibition of 2015, the V&A Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Let me say straight up that I was not disappointed!
The exhibition is based on the original show from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but it has been tweaked to put more emphasis on McQueen’s London inspiration. Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work from his 1992 MA graduate collection through to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection. All the most famous pieces are featured, right down to accessories (remember the butterfly headdress and armadillo shoes?)
The exhibition is divided into rooms based on McQueen’s different inspirations – I lost count but apparently there are ten different spaces. And they really are different spaces – different music, different lighting, different decor and, of course, different fashion.
This is the most elaborate exhibition I’ve ever seen at the V&A. While I wasn’t in New York to see the Met version, I have to say that this one is perfectly curated. In particular, the cabinet of curiosities display was overwhelming in its intricacy.
A real highlight for me was the haunting and ethereal reproduction of the Pepper’s Ghost of Kate Moss from the 2006 Widows of Culloden show.
In my opinion, it is well worth buying a V&A membership just so you can see Savage Beauty over and over again!
Address: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington
Hours: 10am – 5.45pm daily, open until 10pm Fridays
Price: £17.60 including donation, reductions for concessions, free for members
Dates: Open until 2 August 2015