V&A: Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished autumn/winter 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs were presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows in the first and largest retrospective of his work to be shown in Europe.

“The upstanding feathers, the dying roses, the vivid plaid, the skulls and bones…Can there have ever been such a sensory and stimulating fashion exhibition”

- Suzy Menkes, Vogue

The major retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s work was displayed in 7 thematic spaces in the V&A in 2015, showing once again that technology has become a cornerstone of the Museum’s exhibition style. Iconic costumes were juxtaposed with projected footage of runway shows; strange noises were triggered at unexpected moments; enigmatic illusion techniques such as that displaying Kate Moss dancing provocatively inside a darkened pyramid were employed, with the aim always to evoke McQueen’s own curious, theatrical style.

The centrepiece of the exhibition, ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities’, showcased iconic pieces from the McQueen collection in the pigeonholes of the double height bookcases interspersed with floating rear projection screens displaying videos of the unforgettable shows themselves.

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