Closed Exhibition - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Fashion in Motion: Alexander McQueen, June 1999
'[The V&A]'s so big. It’s the sort of place I’d like to be shut in over night.'
- Alexander McQueen
In June 1999, Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 1999 collection was the subject of the V&A's very first Fashion in Motion live catwalk event. In this film from the time, the visionary designer discusses his relationship with the Museum and the public's reaction to his designs.
Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented at the V&A. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings catwalk couture to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the Museum.
In partnership with Swarovski
Swarovski is delighted to partner the V&A in bringing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty to London. The crystal house and Alexander McQueen share a rich history, beginning in the 1990s when Isabella Blow introduced the young maverick designer to Nadja Swarovski. Swarovski went on to support McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1999 collection, the first of numerous collaborations including the creation, alongside Tord Boontje, of the V&A’s Grand Entrance crystal Christmas tree in 2003; and the dramatic Swarovski Gemstone-encrusted Bird’s Nest Headdress for his Autumn/Winter 2006 collection. Swarovski has worked with designers since Daniel Swarovski’s precision-cut stones became prized ingredients in the dressmaking ateliers of Paris, beginning the tradition of close collaboration between Swarovski and haute couture that remains to this day.