When I got the chance to take a group of journalists to the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A I wasn’t entirely sure I could pull it off – we all like to think we can tell our Primark from our Prada but I’m the first to admit I’m not exactly front row material.
On entering the exhibition, I was instantly mesmerised by the remarkable designs McQueen’s sheer talent for the art form itself.
The exhibition took us on a journey through McQueen’s mind. Each room incorporated a series of quotes providing an insight into the thoughts and feelings behind each collection, which contained everything from feathers to leather masks.
The designs from his early work were decades ahead of their time, with some of his work from the 1990s looking like it wouldn’t be out of place on a catwalk today. From impeccable tailoring and embroidery to the more daring and, quite frankly, dark collections, McQueen took simple garments and created masterpieces.
Whilst my group was all in agreement that some of the pieces (particularly the ridiculously high heels) were simply impractical for a night out on the town we couldn’t help but be amazed by Alexander McQueen’s work. The exhibition went far beyond fashion, it illustrated the depths of McQueen’s creativity but also reinforced why he has left behind such a phenomenal legacy, he had a way like no other of creating drama and beauty in every aspect of his work.
I was lucky enough to visit the exhibition on behalf of our client Samsung, the official technology partner of the exhibition. This exhibition in particular made use of the range of technology available, with TV screens adding additional elements to the physical displays and the whole thing brought to life with a stunning hologram of one of his creations.
Overall the exhibition was a really beautiful tribute. The experience left me in awe of the late Alexander McQueen even as it was tinged with an element of sadness for a fashion icon who left so much behind.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is open now at the V&A until 2nd August.