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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".

Collection Highlights

evening dress
Evening dress, designed by Alexander McQueen, 2010, UK
evening dress
Evening dress, designed by Alexander McQueen, 2010, UK
suit
Suit, designed by Alexander McQueen, 1997, Italy
dress
Dress, designed by Alexander McQueen, 2011, UK
dress
Dress, designed by Alexander McQueen, 2010, London, England
dress
The Raffia dress, designed by Alexander McQueen, 2000, Paris, France
photograph
Unfallen Angels II, photograph, by Ann Ray, printed by Didier Leger, 2009
photograph
Aimee Mullins for Dazed & Confused, 1998, photograph, by Nick Knight, commissioned by Alexander McQueen, 1998, UK
coat
Coat, designed by Alexander McQueen, about 1995, England
pair of boots
Pair of boots, designed by Alexander McQueen, 2011, UK
dress
Plato's Atlantis, dress, designed by Alexander McQueen, 2010, London, England

Features

Background image: Background image: Dress, Alexander McQueen, 2009, Italy. Museum no. T.29-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London