Following a record-breaking run at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ has arrived in London in even more fantastical form than the original. Curated by UAL academic Claire Wilcox, the exhibition at the V&A expands on the dazzling retrospective of one of history’s most visionary fashion designers.
The story of Lee Alexander McQueen’s entrance to Central Saint Martins has passed into legend. For the London exhibition, V&A senior fashion curator and London College of Fashion professor of fashion curation Claire Wilcox has added a new section focusing on his time as a fledgling designer in London, just after graduating from the MA Fashion course. Claire is uniquely positioned to curate the show, having worked with the radical designer on a number of events during his lifetime.
Speaking to SHOWstudio, Claire said: “On so many levels it feels so right that the show should be happening in London this time. What’s been so incredible it working with all the people that knew him and care hugely about getting it right.”
When the show was first announced, Claire told The Guardian: ““I am – well, everyone in fashion believes they are McQueen’s biggest fan, don’t they? I think we all feel a huge sense of responsibility to do the right thing by him.” While his former colleague and fellow Central Saint Martins alumna Sarah Burton reflected that: “Lee’s [McQueen’s] work transcended the catwalk. He had this ability to touch people from all walks of life, which was a huge part of what made him special.”
The six month run has already seen unprecedented demand for an exhibition the Evening Standard describes as celebrating Alexander McQueen’s “position as the capital’s greatest fashion visionary.”
Hear Claire Wilcox speaking about the epic exhibition on the V&A’s Savage Beauty An Inside View video.
Read about the V&A’s Savage Beauty illustration competition winning drawings by Wimbledon, LCF and CSM students, which are on sale at the V&A shop.
Read about the Savage Beauty campaign graphics designed by LCC alumna Jo Glover.
From 30 April, the Fashion Space Gallery will host ‘Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-up’, a satellite exhibition to ‘Savage Beauty’, focusing on Alexander McQueen’s catwalk make-up. Find more about the Warpaint exhibition.
Discover more about Savage Beauty on the V&A website.
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