Could the V&A’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, be the most popular fashion exhibition of all time?
With 83,910 tickets sold before the doors opened to the public on 14 March, it has far outstripped any other V&A exhibition, including David Bowie (67,000 pre-sold tickets) and three times the advance sales of any other at the museum. It's the Museum's most visited show in a decade. No wonder. It is a record-breaking tribute to a prodigy whose talent went way beyond fashion or art. And this is what the exhibition captures – the most awe-inspiring demonstration of human endeavour. Its sheer scale, coupled with the nature of the work itself – both savage and romantic, rich in history, fantasy and ingenuity – and its eerie V&A setting takes the viewer on a magical journey into the heart and mind of the late Alexander McQueen.
(Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997. Photographed by Marc Hom (c) Marc Hom / Trunk Archive)
Don't miss this must-see exhibition. The 'sell out' show has been extended until 2 August 2015 with additional around the clock slots available for the final two weekends, for the first time in the Museum's history; booking is advised.
1) The London gallery.
The first of the galleries plunges you straight into the kind of sinister atmosphere with which McQueen made his mark. It focuses on the designer’s early work, his first collections shown in London, with a grainy black and white film of the shows of that era and the voice of the rebel-rousing designer talking about his work.
‘I THINK THERE IS BEAUTY IN EVERYTHING. WHAT "NORMAL" PEOPLE WOULD PERCEIVE AS UGLY, I CAN USUALLY SEE SOMETHING OF BEAUTY IN IT.’
2) Romantic Gothic gallery.
This takes in the rich glory of his later work, the couture-level craftsmanship housed in a golden box.
‘I WANT TO EMPOWER WOMEN. I WANT PEOPLE TO BE AFRAID OF THE WOMEN I DRESS.’