Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

V&A Event – Fashion In Motion : Alexander McQueen, June 1999

In March 2015 the V&A will host a major fashion exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which will comprise an extended and enhanced version of the 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of the same name. The exhibition will showcase the extraordinary talent of Alexander McQueen, undisputedly one of the greatest British fashion designers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, who constantly pushed the boundaries of fashion with his visionary designs. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, over 120 McQueen designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a major, new publication, which will provide a kaleidoscopic insight into the creative mind and world of Alexander McQueen by exploring the many themes and references that shaped his visionary collections. The publication will include essays by leading authors on subjects as far-reaching as the psychology of fashion, art and fashion, the theatre and spectacle intrinsic to the staging of McQueen’s catwalk shows, and his engagement with the natural world and cinematography. These essays will be punctuated with double page feature spreads on a broad spectrum of topics, including the armadillo shoe, McQueen's use of iconography, the concept of memento mori and the many collaborations that he fostered with creatives such as Shaun Leane and Philip Treacy.

Intended outcomes:
  • A major fashion exhibition and the largest European retrospective of the late designer’s work to date. We envisage exceptional demand for tickets and that the exhibition will equal – or exceed- the visitor figures for the recent V&A blockbusters Hollywood Costume and David Bowie Is
  • A major, new publication that offers a kaleidoscopic approach to the creative mind and world of Alexander McQueen, with essays by leading authors and images selected from McQueen’s myriad photographic collaborations  
  • A two-day international conference (co-hosted with London College of Fashion) to  coincide with the exhibition
Project Lead:

Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator
Kate Bethune, Senior Research Assistant
Louise Rytter, Research Assistant

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Event - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Sat 14 March 2015–Sun 19 July 2015

EXHIBITION: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

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