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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SAVAGE BEAUTY

28.05.15

If there's one event on every fashion, art and culture lover's list this season, it's the highly coveted Savage Beauty exhibition that's currently showcasing at the V&A. A true celebration of the works of Lee Alexander McQueen, it's the largest retrospective of his work to be presented in Europe to date. We headed to the exhibition to marvel the works for ourselves, and discovered a presentation that truly was as impressive as the coverage would suggest. Savage Beauty is open until 2nd August 2015 at: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL Opening times are: 10.00 to 17.45 daily and 10.00 to 22.00 on Fridays

Driven by the designer’s fascination with the beauty and savagery of the natural world, each Alexander McQueen collection proved to be innovative, exciting and expressive. The presentation ranges from the everyday to the sublime, proving his ability to create everything from sharp tailoring to couture gowns. Hand-painted goose feathers in opulent gold tones add dimension to structured, full-length gowns and tartan, shoulder padded jackets spliced with luxe leather accents make the traditional modern.

Showcasing in the iconic Victoria and Albert museum in the heart of London, Savage Beauty’s location seems highly appropriate considering the designer’s tie to the city.

The dimly-lit exhibition features projected recordings from runway shows on the walls and voiceovers from interviews discussing collections, inspirations and ideologies. Awash with information, it gives a real insight into the design process. Personal anecdotes are scattered throughout, giving insight into the design process and explaining the low-slung tailored trousers and cropped silhouettes of the tailoring.

McQueen deemed the bottom of the spine the most erotic part of the human body’   SAVAGE BEAUTY

Venture further into the exhibition and you will find some of the McQueen’s more exquisite and unique designs. These are the pieces that defined his status as one of the most talented designers of his generation. Experimenting with natural fabrics and textures including horse hair, snake-skin and feathers, these pieces are as much a work of art as they are a fashion design.

There was always an element of the theatrical to McQueen’s runway shows and Savage Beauty expertly captures this quality. Dark lighting, structural architecture, dramatic music and footage from the front row set the scene.

Intrinsic to many McQueen collections and on display throughout the exhibit were the works of British milliner, Philip Treacy. Working with a variety of materials that mirrored the designer’s own fascination with the natural world, Treacy produced intricate and other worldly creations.

A striking and memorable presentation and a true celebration of the works of Lee Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty is not to be missed. Head to the V&A before 2nd August and emerge yourself in the iconic works of one of the greatest designers of his generation.