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

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

An extensive window into the McQueen world

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How will the UK's version differ from that which was on show in NY? It appears that now, we know, and it's pretty exciting for fans of the label...

As announced recentlySavage Beauty – the exhibition on the work of Alexander McQueen – is set to arrive at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London after a sell-out showing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, where it became the museum's most popular exhibition, ever.  

In terms of changes specifically for the London scene, a room dedicated to Lee McQueen's years as an aspiring designer will be added to the original line-up, exploring the years that shaped his talent and interests in the city where he was born and raised.

London's exhibit will also include a dedication to one of his oldest friends: Kate Moss. The famous hologram of the British supermodel – which was a spectacular feat of technology that closed McQueen's Widows of Culloden AW06 show will be restored to (almost) life size.

More than 30 new garments will be displayed, including several pieces that couldn't be transported to New York, such as the breathtaking red ballet dress from The Girl Who Lived in the Tree in AW08 and a white feathered dress from The Horn of Plenty in AW09

The production company that collaborated with McQueen in staging his spectacular catwalk shows has also come on board to work with the V&A on the exhibition, with Gainsbury and Whiting helping to create an atmosphere very much like his shows within the museum's large exhibition space...

The popular Cabinet of Curiosities section of the former exhibit will be expanded by the V&A, with help from key collaborators including jeweller Shaun Leane and milliner Philip Treacy, and will offer more than 40 new pieces displayed in a double-height gallery interspersed with footage of almost all of McQueen's shows.

The grand finale of the exhibit will focus on McQueen's last ever collection, Plato's Atlantis from SS10, which fused together the designer's interest in nature and technology, and widely considered to be his greatest achievement.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will run at the V&A in London from 14 March – 19 July 2015.