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Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibition – Review

Last Friday evening, my friend Pippa and I went to the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. I don’t yet have enough words to describe how amazing it was.

After being exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition can be seen on the V&A Museum in London till the 15th August.

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This exhibition is a retrospective about McQueen’s career and showcases the different stages, designs and influencers across the designers life:

London

London was one of McQueen main influences, which is reflected in the first gallery of the show. The walls are covered by printed quotes such as “London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I got my inspiration” The quotes together with the outfits made a terrific first impression on me.

I managed to take a picture before I got told off … but my friend took some sneaky ones with her phone.

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Romantic Mind

I really liked the gold feathers dress combined with a tulle skirt and gold embroidery. If I ever get married I wouldn’t mind having tulle dress with the same gold decorations as the McQueen one!

Gothic Mind

Although all the dresses in here were very impressive, I need to say that, the black feathers dress, from “The Horn of Plenty” 2009 collection, is pure art. I´m not saying that the others aren’t, but this one is incredible and I felt very lucky to have the opportunity to look at it so closely that I could touch it.

Having an idea of how valuable this dress should be, I sopped myself from touching it as I didn’t want to ruin it.

 Romantic Primitivism

Bones and skulls cover the walls where the romantic primitivism designs are; very McQueen style by the way.

Crocodiles heads, dresses made from pony fur and skirts with horsetail from some part of the romantic primitivism display.

Romantic Nationalism

The Scottish McQueen tartan and the red colour were the main characteristics of the romantic nationalism gallery. More feathers could be found on one of the dresses from the “The Girl Who Lived in a Tree” collection from AW 2008. This time the feathers were red, the main colour in this room.

In addition to feathers, silk, tulle and chiffon are popular fabrics in “The Girl Who Lived in a Tree” collection.

Cabinet of Curiosities

This was my favourite part of the exhibition. Even today I´m still amazed by all the things I saw in the ‘cabinet of curiosities’.

Crazy beautiful dresses and accessories cover the room and when I entered I was so astonished that I didn’t know where to look first.

There are various screens in the room playing McQueen’s catwalk shows. It’s incredible how he broke the rules, not only with his fashion but also with his shows.

My friend and I stayed in this room for at least half an hour and, even when we were leaving the room, we were discovering things that we hadn’t seen before.

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Romantic Exoticism

In the romantic exoticism gallery the Oriental culture was one of the main inspirations and this was reflected in his creations. Kimonos as well as embroider techniques applied on the fabrics gave the romantic exoticism gallery room a special atmosphere.

Voss

What most took my attention from the Voss bit, were the dresses made with shells. Only a great team of artists and artisans like the one that McQueen has always had behind know all the work and time behind these art pieces.

Romantic Naturalism

If I have to describe it in one word, I would choose “flowers”. They were everywhere around the romantic naturalism and the fact that yesterday was the first day of Spring was spot on for this collection.

The dress from “The Widows of Culloden” film was exposed here too… so beautiful.

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Plato’s Atlantis

The Plato’s Atlantis was one of the last collections that McQueen did and it was also when the popular “Armadillo” shoes where released.

The fabrics and patterns are clearly influenced by nature. The prints are my favorite part of Plato’s Atlantis.

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After two hours of pure McQueen, we went to the V&A shop to hunt for some souvenirs. I treated myself to: one of the red butterflies for my hair, a white skull T-shirt, the poster, a few postcards and a skull badge

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If you have the chance, I highly recommend going to the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition. It’s great and shows his entire career.

The fact that you can get so close to the dresses is amazing. You can even smell some of the materials, like the leather in the Romantic Primitive gallery. The Cabinet of Curiosities is a magical experience and the whole exhibition is fascinating.

Have you been to the exhibition already? Share your thoughts!!

Love,

LC

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2 Comments

  • Reply Rebekah 10th July 2015 at 11:34

    I was so disappointed when I first walked into the grey room at the start of the exhibition – sharp tailoring, sure – but it was boring. “What’s all the fuss about?” I thought. And then you experience the rest, and it keeps hitting you with mirages and curiosities and music. It’s a fashion exhibition like none other! I sort of tried to capture that in a blog I’ve just done with videos and music. It’s not as informative as yours – but I’d love to know what you think of it!

  • Reply Zen 6th August 2015 at 08:46

    Love Alexander McQueen :)

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