You'll remember when the glorious Alexander McQueen exhibition opened at the Costume Institute in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, petitions and pleading began to bring it to our shores. Well now, three years later, our prayers have been answered.
Yes, the V&A has just announced that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. It is the first and largest retrospective of the designer’s work, who committed suicide in February 2010, to be presented in Europe and is set to showcase his visionary body of work, from his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished Autumn Winter 2010 collection. What's more, McQueen's designs will be showcased with the same dramatic staging and sense of spectacle the world saw from his catwalk shows.
After hitting New York in 2011, the show became one of the Met’s top 10 most visited exhibitions and it's sure to see similiar success here in the UK. 'Savage Beauty is a celebration of the most imaginative and talented designer of our time,' said Sarah Burton, Creative Director for Alexander McQueen. 'Lee was a genius and a true visionary who pushed boundaries, challenged and inspired. He believed in creativity and innovation and his talent was limitless.'
Alexander McQueen in January 2010 [Getty]
Grazia's fashion director, Susannah Frankel, who worked with McQueen for many years said:
'Lee was born and grew up in London and spent many happy times here. He was very sensitive to his environment and often talked about how informed his work was by London, by street fashion, by clubs and by the rich, cross-cultural mix in this city. Of course, it was wonderful that the Met in New York honoured his work in the first place and it is testimony to his reach as a designer that the show did so well there.
'The fact that the exhibition is now travelling to London feels like a home-coming though. Not all of Lee's family, friends and collaborators were able to see Savage Beauty in New York. More of them will be able to now as will this country's fashion students. I hope Lee would have been glad about that and proud that his extraordinary talent, courage and passion for his craft has inspired so many young designers and will continue to do so for generations to come.'