"You've got to know the rules to break them. That's what I'm here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition"
Alexander McQueen changed the face of fashion. He moved boundaries and broke down barriers. He brought life, colour, art and imagination to his designs with each piece drawing on history, romance, culture and passion met with his extraordinary tailoring skills. The exhibition spans McQueen's CSM graduation collection through to his uncompleted A/W10 collection. Prepare to be blown away as you step into the mind of an incredibly brilliant creative genius.
Born and raised in the 'East End of London with a humble upbringing, McQueen left school at 15 set on a career in fashion and became a tailors apprentice on Savile Row. He thrived in a world of bespoke menswear, before moving to Italy to further hone his creative talents. But it was his decision to study at prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design that set him apart from the rest and developed him from a garment maker and put him on the path to become a truly iconic fashion designer.
His love of Victorian Gothic, Romanticism, Art, Nature and his own Scottish Heritage heavily influenced his designs, while he used London and the Brit-Art scene as inspiration for his feminine silhouettes and strong striking structure famed creations. McQueen also incorporated pure extremes from life and death, happiness and sadness, and good and evil to really showcase drastic differences in a beautiful way. And there is most definitely a clear darkness and fetish to his work which is at times quite haunting.
"There is something kind of Edgar Allen Poe. Kind of deep and kind of melancholic about my collections."
The exhibition will leave you in complete awe. He was an absolute visionary and leaves behind a wonderful legacy.
His iconic head pieces and daring catwalk hair were also showcased beautifully. Our favourites in particular being the Japanese garden and tea house headpiece from the 2005 show "It's only a game", and the incredible butterfly headdress also created with milliner Philip Treacy for "La Dame Bleue" in 2008. Hair wise there are just too many insanely creative options to choose from - but it is clear that McQueen was a fan strong of knotted braids and wispy etherial hair which are complete contrasts, but merging opposites was what he did best.
Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty and the Victoria and Albert Museum are a perfect combination, we could think of no better place to hold such an amazing retrospective than at the greatest museum of art and design. The exhibition is ongoing until next Sunday - August 2nd with tickets still available to purchase and we could not recommend it more!