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Published on 08.05.2015

At last! The long-awaited exhibition of the special world of Alexander McQueen has just opened in London. Although it is based on an exhibition held in the Metropolitan Museum of New York one year after the designer’s death, in February 2010, many tickets have been sold and the queues are full of trendy people waiting their turn to be taken by surprise (or not) by the sophistication and theatrical style of the British couturier.

 

I can’t deny I’m still throbbing. Each room surprised me with an argument addressed in different way, meaning there some are dedicated to the designer’s wild mind or his continuous source of inspiration: the 19th century, especially the Gothic Victorian style, from which he takes concepts such as horror, melancholy or beauty or the sublime. All expressed by way of an impacting staging that helps us capture the atmosphere of his fashion shows and where music and sounds play an important role to achieve it.

I’m a romantic schizophrenic

Throughout the exhibition, quotes from the couturier can be seen in all the rooms; words that help us understand part of his personality and his sources of inspiration. McQueen once said, ‘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 followed the orders of his inspiration to create; he considered himself to be a romantic with a dark side whose originality was expressed by the cuts of his dresses and the way in which they had been made. He found inspiration everywhere, ‘You take inspiration from the street, with the trousers so low. You don’t need to go to India, you can find it in places like Bethnal Green and Brick Lane. It’s all over the place”.

There’s no doubt that one of the exhibition’s magical moments is the recreation of the final moment which ended the presentation of the 2006 autumn/winter collection, ‘The Widows of Culloden”. It is the projection of a hologram of Kate Moss dressed in white organza inside a transparent pyramid, in which the model appears out of the blue like an ethereal, floating spectrum, accompanied by very suggestive music. You can see it at the following link: 

http://savagebeauty.alexandermcqueen.com

 

The show includes many of the designs that now form part of the history of fashion, like his marvellous dresses made of dyed ostrich feathers, his reinvented kimonos, ‘armadillo’ shoes’, popular frock coats, fruit of what he learnt when he was working in Saville Row, etc.

 

It is undoubtedly an exhibition not to be missed. It is wonderful to be able to enter this sophisticated and magical universe of the fashion rebel: ‘There is no way back for me now. I'm going to take you on journeys you've never dreamed were possible’.

 

 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. 14 Marzo – 2 Agosto, Museo V&A. Londres.

 

 

 

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