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The collections at the V&A never fail to intrigue and inspire me

Alexander McQueen

This unique collection features standout pieces of menswear and womenswear, jewellery and accessories from throughout Alexander McQueen's celebrated career, reflecting the V&A's rich and long-lasting relationship with McQueen and his work.

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Lee Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010) is one of the most revered designers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The McQueen pieces in our collection mirror his varied fascinations – from nature to historicism – and reveal the designer's masterly combination of artistry and technical expertise. During his lifetime, McQueen was celebrated in two Fashion in Motion events at the V&A, giving visitors the chance to see his designs live on the catwalk. The varied objects in the Museum's collections – from textiles to woodcarvings – were a direct source of inspiration for the designer, who once said, "The collections at the V&A never fail to intrigue and inspire me".

Exploring Alexander McQueen

Photo of Plato's Atlantis, dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.11-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Plato's Atlantis, dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.11-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Evening dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.110-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Evening dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.110-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Evening dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.109-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Evening dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.109-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Suit, Alexander McQueen, 1997, Italy. Museum no. T.90:1&2-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Suit, Alexander McQueen, 1997, Italy. Museum no. T.90:1&2-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Dress, Alexander McQueen, 2009, Italy. Museum no. T.29-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Dress, Alexander McQueen, 2009, Italy. Museum no. T.29-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.91-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Dress, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.91-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Raffia dress, Alexander McQueen, 2000, France. Museum no. T.919-2000. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Raffia dress, Alexander McQueen, 2000, France. Museum no. T.919-2000. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Unfallen Angels II, photograph, Ann Ray, 2009. Museum no. E.934-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Unfallen Angels II, photograph, Ann Ray, 2009. Museum no. E.934-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Aimee Mullins for Dazed & Confused, photograph by Nick Knight, art direction by Alexander McQueen, 1998, Britain. Museum no. E.633-1998. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Aimee Mullins for Dazed & Confused, photograph by Nick Knight, art direction by Alexander McQueen, 1998, Britain. Museum no. E.633-1998. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Coat, Alexander McQueen, 1995, Britain. Museum no. T.33-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Coat, Alexander McQueen, 1995, Britain. Museum no. T.33-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Pair of boots, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.107:1&2-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Pair of boots, Alexander McQueen, 2010, Britain. Museum no. T.107:1&2-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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