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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A

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As the exhibition of the decade closes this evening, we look back on Savage Beauty, a retrospective that proved so popular, it opened throughout the night – a first for its host, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and testament to the magic of Alexander McQueen’s designs.
Theatrical, thematic and at times tragic, Savage Beauty is a walkthrough lesson of unparalleled creativity and a stark reminder that McQueen regularly blurred the line between designer and artist.

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As you will see from the awe-inspiring images in this post (or have witnessed first-hand at the exhibition), Lee Alexander McQueen took inspiration from nearly everything.
Designers being influenced by their surroundings is of course nothing new, but McQueen interpretations of the world were unprecedented, and the inspiration for his collections was always so unique.
From The Widows of Culloden to Plato’s Atlantis, he never disappointed with his creations and the often otherworldly or historical backstories that led to their conception.

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Every material was useful; if it could be turned into a gown or a bolero McQueen would use it. From human hair, to crocodile heads and jetstone, the designer’s creations were a treasure trove of exotic textiles and embellishments, or materials that had not been used in such a way by such a prolific designer before.

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As he once famously said: “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it”.
Ultimately, Alexander McQueen enabled us to journey to different worlds through fashion; we are incredibly lucky to have had someone who was so dedicated and willing to consistently take us.
Find out more about the designer here. Find out more about Savage Beauty here.

All images courtesy of the V&A press office.

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