Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

When I was planning things to do over the Easter holidays I decided to buy tickets to the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It has been talked about non stop since it was announced that it would be happening, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

As I walked round I (and many other keen fashionistas) wrote notes down on my phone as I went along because I knew I wanted to write a blog post about it, but also because some of the information and things I thought about it were too amazing to simply forget about in a few days times.

However, looking back over my notes, it's a real miss match of randomness. Trying to figure out how to structure words and sentences that make hardly any sense has proven to be rather tricky. So what I thought I would do was bullet point what I wrote down and explain why I felt the need to do so. I apologise now if the following makes no sense.
  • Tailoring - all of McQueen's designs were tailored to perfection. The attention to detail, intricacy, and precision in his work was incredible. It was almost as if each piece was tailor made for one person.
  • Unconventionally sexy - this phrase came to mind all the time as I was waking from room to room. His designs were suggestive yet overtly sexual at the same time. It definitely takes a sexy woman to wear is clothing.
  • He designed from side profile because it's the most unflattering angle and point of view. This meant that if something looked good from the side it will look incredible from the front. It makes complete sense really.
  • Historical references - his work often referenced periods of history. Some includes art from hundreds of years ago, as well as the Titanic, Birds (Alfred Hitchcock film) and even Jack The Ripper.
  • Meaning to everything - he never created anything that didn't mean something to somebody. This makes every collection feel very personal and special. It also meant that every collection had a story to it, which made it all the more stunning.
  • Masks - Every mannequin has a different beautifully designed mask, which added a slight dark side to the amazing pieces.
  • Nationalism - McQueen's love for where he was from was very apparent throughout. He was patriotic, and proud to have grown up in London. "London's where I was bought up. It's where my heart is and where I get my inspiration" - Alexander McQueen
  • There were different sounds in each room. This along with the way each room was displayed made it feel at times like you were in a music box. It also added a very theatrical feel to the exhibition.
  • Bumster - In the 90's McQueen designed trousers and skirts that were really low rise, which at the time was controversial.For some reason this really fascinated me.
  • Different materials - he often used unconventional materials to make some of his pieces. This ranged from many different things including: Human hair, feathers, shells, real flowers and metals.
  • The different influences of his, and the things which inspired such distinct collections was the thing which I think fascinated me the most. Some includes: Romance, Literature, Paintings, African tribes, Scotland, Royalty, Cultures around the world, Fetish, Japan, Religion, Military, Nature and Futurism.

Unfortunately you're not allowed to take any pictures. They were very hot on that, and even told me to put my phone away when it was just in my hand. However take my word for it that it is a truly spectacular experience. I think you get more than your money's worth, and if you have time, whilst you're there, explore the rest of the museum too. The V&A is by far my favourite London museum - there is just so much to discover. Also there is a beautiful courtyard which, if you go on a nice day is well worth sitting in and having something yummy from their huge cafe.

Anyway, as far as the Alexander McQueen exhibition goes it is a very special experience, and one I would love to go to again.

The exhibition ends on the 2nd August, which might seem like ages away but tickets are going quick so get them now.
Click here for more info about the exhibition and how to buy tickets.


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