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You of course know by now that Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty the New York Met Museum’s record-breakingly successful homage to the work of the late designer, is UK bound and set to open at the V&A on 14 March. You might be one of the 16,000 people who have already booked tickets. Well, get ready. This morning we got a teaser of exactly what we’ll get to see once the doors open. Here are the six things you need to know.
1: Amongst the ten galleries of work will be a new addition for the capital entitled London, which will focus on the earliest days of McQueen’s career, including his 1992 MA graduate collection.
2: Gainsbury and Whiting, the team who worked with the designer on creating the sets for his spectacular shows, are working closely with the V&A on the staging of the exhibition to make sure that it’s as true to the McQueen spirit as possible.
3: Speaking of which, one room will be dedicated to reproducing that incredible hologram of Kate Moss that closed his a/w 2006 collection. Trust us: that will be worth the price of admission alone.
4: A room filled with 100 pieces spanning everything from those armadillo shoes to Phillip Treacey hats, christened the Cabinet of Curiosities has been made bigger and better with 40 new objects added since the New York show. They will be displayed in a double-height gallery for maximum impact.
5: More than 200 pieces will be on show in total, most pulled from the Alexander McQueen archives, others donated from the collections of McQuens friends like Katy Grand, Isabella Blow and Annabell Neilsen. And will five months still to go until doors open, the team of curators are still looking for things to add. So if you have an early original stashed in your wardrobe (we wish), now’s the time to dig it out.
6: Tickets are on sale right now, and they’re selling out fast. Visit vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty to buy yours.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in partnership with Swarovski, supported by American Express and made possible with the co-operation of Alexander McQueen, runs from 14 March – 19 July 2015.