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McQueen // Savage Beauty @ V&A, London

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. London gallery. © V&A.

The extraordinary career of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is now on display at Victoria and Albert Museum in London after 18 months of arrangement. Edited and expanded after the 2011 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, Savage Beauty will take you into his visionary and complex world showcasing his work from the academy years (1992) to his unfinished A/W collection of 2010.

The show, organized in thematic rooms, contains more than 240 ensembles and accessories, with no photographic materials on behalf of music and footages. Each gallery point out the several essences of McQueen, stating his profound freedom of thought and expression and his romantic imagination.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Cabinet of Curiosities gallery. © V&A.

Looks like the most exciting room of the show is the Cabinet of Curiosities, in which outfits and accessories are displayed in a double height gallery, from floor to ceiling. In the centre of the room stands the dress which was sprayed with paint by two robots in the SS 1999 show while across the walls people can appreciate the result of his diverse collaborations with other great talents.

Another moment sure not to be missed is Pepper’s Ghost, the hologram which was displayed in the finale to the AW 2006 collection The Widows of Culloden. In a blacked out room you can see Kate Moss appear in an ethereal gown made made of silk organza, turning ghost-like in the air and then vanishing all of a sudden.

Take a peek into the exhibition through the pictures below and watch the video interview with its curators.

// La straordinaria carriera dello stilista britannico Alexander McQueen è in mostra al Victoria and Albert Museum di Londra dopo 18 mesi di preparazione. Aggiornata e allargata dopo essere stata esposta nel 2011 al MET di New York, Savage Beauty vi farà immergere nel suo mondo visionario mostrando tutto il suo lavoro partendo dagli anni dell’università (1992) fino ad arrivare alla sua ultima collezione a/i del 2010 mai terminata.

L’esposizione, suddivisa in gallerie tematiche, include più di 240 outfit e accessori, scegliendo di non utilizzare materiale fotografico in favore di filmati e musiche. Ogni singola sala rivela le sfaccettate essenze di McQueen, affermando la sua profonda libertà di pensiero ed espressione e la sua romantica immaginazione. 

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Savage Mind gallery. © V&A.

Sembra poi che il momento più emozionante di tutta la mostra sia la Cabinet of Curiosities (Stanza delle meraviglie), installata all’interno di una galleria a doppia altezza in cui gli oggetti occupano tutto lo spazio, dal pavimento al soffitto. Al centro della sala si erge poi il vestito che durante la sfilata p/e del 1999 veniva spruzzato di inchiostro da due robot mentre alle pareti il pubblico può osservare il risultato delle sue tante collaborazioni con altrettanti grandi talenti.

Un’altro momento sicuramente da non perdere è Pepper’s Ghost, l’ologramma mostrato nel finale della sfilata a/i The widows of Culloden del 2006. In una stanza buia si assiste all’apparizione (olografica) di Kate Moss con indosso un etereo abito di organza, che si trasforma quasi in un fantasma e svanisce poi all’improvviso.

Qui sotto una piccola anteprima di cosa vi aspetta e il video con l’intervista ai curatori.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Romantic Exoticism gallery. © V&A.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Romantic Nationalism gallery. © V&A.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Romantic Primitivism gallery. © V&A.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Romantic Gothic gallery. © V&A.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Voss gallery. © V&A.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Romantic Naturalism gallery. © V&A.

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Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty. Platos Atlantis gallery. © V&A.

Alexander McQueen // Savage Beauty

March 14  – August 2, 2015
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
T: +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Mon // Sun 10 am – 5.45 pm
Fri 10 am – 10 pm

For further infos please refer to the gallery website.


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