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Closed Exhibition - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Videos

From the initial preparations to the final closing of the doors, our cameras were on-hand to capture exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses of every aspect of the blockbuster exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

Behind the Scenes of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

While preparing for opening, we took cameras behind the scenes to capture our Conservation team as they prepared for the largest retrospective of McQueen's work ever presented.

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The Exhibition Build: Time Lapse

Watch as Savage Beauty is constructed before your eyes. 

Remaking the Yashmak: Shaun Leane

Follow the remaking of the Yashmak for display in the exhibition. The Yashmak is an extraordinary piece from the Alexander McQueen Eye, Spring/Summer 2000 collection. The film includes an interview with the maker, jeweller Shaun Leane, one of McQueen's regular collaborators. 

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - An Inside View 

Before the exhibition opened to the public, we took an inside view of the exhibition including interviews with curator Claire Wilcox, and McQueen collaborators Katy England and Shaun Leane.

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Periscope Tour of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Originally broadcast live at 9am on 21 July 2015. Re-live the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty experience with this exhibition tour from our archives, lead by Senior Research Assistant Kate Bethune. 

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Savage Beauty in Numbers

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty closed at 23.00 on 2 August 2015. I was the V&A’s most visited exhibition with 493,043 people seeing it in total during its 21-week run. For the final two weekends, we opened the exhibition throughout the night for the first time in our history to accommodate unprecedented demand.

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.​

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