Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Fashion and Further

(Image: Hannah Stocking) (Image: Hannah Stocking)

Previously shown at the Met in New York 4 years ago, Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of Lee McQueen’s work ever to have hit Europe. The exhibition showcases some of the late designer’s most famous creations, including pieces from Plato’s Atlantis, Highland Rape, his 1992 Graduate Collection and the spray painted white tube dress from Spring/Summer 1999.

The strong emphasis McQueen placed on death, communicated throughout the exhibition, is chilling, especially now that he is no longer with us. One quote plastered on a concrete wall in the first room read, “When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.” Many would vouch for that.

The Cabinet of Curiosities – a great deal bigger than the one in New York – is the star of the show. Floor to ceiling shelves house a plethora of accessories, garments and videos…

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