The extraordinary talent of fashion’s enfant terrible will soon be celebrated at the V&A. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which opens 14th March, is the first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe.
You can expect all the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with McQueen's infamous runway shows, whose theatrical combination of beauty and horror catapulted his dark romanticism and punk spirit into the pages of British fashion history. From millinery made from a flock of crimson butterflies to tweeds with a twist and the paint splattering robot that made headlines, McQueen left no corner of the colour wheel unexplored and found inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most provocative and inspiring designers, McQueen's avant-garde visions transcended the realm of fashion. He may have been head of design at Givenchy, but he created more than just clothes; he created conversation, trends and observations on society as a whole – as can be seen in this unmissable exhibition.
Savage Beauty at the V&A runs from 14 March to 2 August 2015. www.vam.ac.uk