London's V&A Museum didn't want to stage Alexander McQueen exhibition whilst he was alive
A new report has been published saying that whilst Alexander McQueen was alive, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London had no interest in running an McQueen exhibition.
Five years after his shocking suicide, the V&A is proudly advertising its Savage Beauty showcase – a restaging of the Metropolitan Museum’s blockbuster McQueen retrospective. But they weren't always so keen...
An insider source – a former top executive at the Alexander McQueen brand – has come out to say that the label once proposed an exhibit and “They didn’t want it,” the source said. “They said no.”
This is further compounded in an excerpt from Dana Thomas' new book Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano: “The London fashion establishment didn’t wholly understand or appreciate McQueen when he was alive.”
“In his early years, there were editors who were afraid or disgusted by his rough East End persona and found his designs vulgar.”
Arguably, McQueen's biggest supporters were across the pond in New York, especially Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, who put on the original 2011 Savage Beauty which broke records with over 600,000 visitors.
The V&A restaging of Savage Beauty opens later this month on March 14 and runs until August 2 2015.