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First look at Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A

Ahead of its official opening this Saturday, Drapers brings you an exclusive first look at the breath-taking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a McQueen fanatic, a fashion follower or indifferent to the whole thing; you couldn’t help but be carried away by this exhibition.

An edited and elaborated version of the Costume Institute’s original exhibition at the Museum of Art in New York in 2011, this homecoming version of the show includes more than 240 items of McQueen clothes and accessories.

It spans his entire career from his 1992 post-graduate collection through to his final and unfinished designs, shown after his suicide in 2010.

Curator Claire Wilcox has added an additional 66 garments and accessories, including some items that haven’t been seen since they first appeared on the catwalk of his earlier shows.

By giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with McQueen’s stunning, otherworldly creations, the exhibition succeeds in transporting us into his beautiful, romantic and often dark and twisted mind.

The large show, which stretches over 10 rooms at the V&A, includes incredible sets, beautiful decorations and fitting musical accompaniments. The central Cabinet of Curiosities room is the show’s highlight, as well as a recreation of the famous Kate Moss hologram that closed McQueen’s Widows of Culloden autumn 06 catwalk show.

This goes far beyond a simple fashion show of clothes on mannequins: it is an extraordinary retrospective of art by one of London’s most talented creative minds, which simply has to be seen to be believed.

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