Last month saw the opening of a hugely anticipated, seminal exhibition at London’s V&A museum—a celebration of the maverick, mercurial imagination of the now sadly departed visionary designer, Alexander McQueen. Presented in partnership with Swarovski, Savage Beauty is the inaugural European retrospective of McQueen's oeuvre, spanning the Londoner’s stellar creations from 1992 to the unfinished Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
‘I find beauty in the grotesque. I have to force people to look at things,’ McQueen famously said. Well, this provocative showcase is guaranteed to rivet the attention of visitors, a stunning overview of his innovative methods of cutting and construction, with cleverly staged iconic forms and silhouettes that recall his dramatic runway shows. The mind-blowing range of materials, fabrics and fixtures displayed a gleeful proliferation of crystal embellishment, feathers, shells, antlers and real flowers, all adorning sumptuous shapes that include corsetry, kimonos, cocktail frocks and ball gowns.
McQueen’s breathtaking range of ideas is manifest in the sheer scale of the exotic designs on display, embracing his key gothic, darkly romantic and natural themes. Savage Beauty is simply not to be missed; it runs until August 2, a richly fitting tribute to a titan talent.