Do you admire the work of Alexander McQueen and wish you had experienced the sell out exhibition honouring his work which just closed at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art? If the answer is yes, then you also probably think it is totally ridiculous that one of Britain's greatest designers was honoured abroad, far far away from the city he was born, raised and educated in. So do I, and so does Grazia. Last week I started a Twitter campiagn to #BringMcQueenExhibitionHome (from @fashedatlarge), it was retweeted so much that 24 hours later this petition was created - and here it is!
I've spoken to the Victoria & Albert Museum, who say "we would love to host the exhibition, we have spoken to the fashion house about it as we really want to present McQueen's work to our huge fashion and design audience here in the UK."
I've spoken to the team at McQueen who say "we have no concrete plans at present but are thrilled with the obvious appreciation of the exhibition at the Met and are waiting until the end of the exhibition before making any further decisions."
If enough people show interest in seeing the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition in London, the Alexander McQueen business should re-think their current decision not to bring the exhibition home.
I've been reliably informed that the work from the exhibition is being returned to McQueens office and lenders at the end of this month. It the powers that be at Yves Saint Laurent had shown their recent YSL Retrospective anywhere but Paris there would have been a national outcry. Well, we need to get on that tip, and get our campaigning heads on.
Here are the facts: Between opening on May 4 and closing on August 8th, the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty attracted 661,409 visitors, ranking it alongside other major Met successes including Mona Lisa (1963) and Treasures of Tutankhamun (1978.) Demand got so huge the Museum extended the exhibition's run by a week, staying open until midnight on the last two nights.
So, now it's up to us.
WHY THE MCQUEEN EXHIBITION SHOULD COME HOME
1. Lee Alexander McQueen was born and raised in London by Londoners.
2. He was educated at London's most famous art school St Martins School of Art, and trained on London's most famous tailoring street, Savile Row
3. He lived, worked and was largely inspired by London.
4. He began and made his name and career in London
5. He loved London
6. The Alexander McQueen business is based in London, and directed by an English designer.
7. British people want this
Posted by Fashion Editor at Large, fashioneditoratlarge.blogspot.com