Closed Exhibition - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Highlights of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Fashion Gala
Exclusive highlights from the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Fashion Gala and opening party, including interviews with special guests.
About American Express
The Company’s partnership with McQueen began in 1997 and went from supporting his early runway shows in London and Paris to the creation of several limited edition cards, including the first ever ‘Haute Couture’ Gold Card containing real gold leaf. American Express collaborated with McQueen in 2004 on ‘Black’, a unique, one-off event, inspired by the black Centurion Card which saw him show in London for the first time in years. American Express is a global service company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.
Kering Group is a co-lead sponsor of this event. A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands including Alexander McQueen (since 2000), Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner. Kering has 37,000 employees, its brands are distributed in 120 countries and its revenues topped €10billion in 2014.
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.