Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A

Drama, romance, sex: hair-raising artistry was on show at the V&A Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibit, paying homage to one of the most renowned names in fashion. 

Excuse the language, but the Alexander Mc Queen Savage Beauty exhibition was a full-on sensory-overload mind-fuck… and I loved every inch of it. 

I’ve had the great fortune to be in London for the V&A Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition. People have been talking about this exhibition for months before its curtains had drawn, and it was worth the wait. This is the largest collection of McQueen creations ever on display, twice the size of its Met Savage Beauty counterpart in 2011. The V&A certainly did justice to the gorgeous work of McQueen, building each section up to be more hair-raising and heart-stopping than the last. 

McQueen is a name in fashion that I hold close to my heart. My best friends and I have spent years oohing and ah-ing at his creations that graced the pages of magazines, fashion shows, and red carpets. McQueen’s influence touches many facets of our generation’s fashion, art, and pop culture. Alexander McQueen is a name that is synonymous to pushing limits with his high-drama high-fashion.

The Cabinet of Curiosities at the Savage Beauty Exhibit | Photo Taken from IBTimes Website
The Cabinet of Curiosities at the Savage Beauty Exhibit | Photo Taken from IBTimes Website

My favorite room, the Cabinet of Curiosities was an intense and nostalgic display, which put in the spotlight some of his most remarkable moments in fashion. It included some videos of his most famous moments in the catwalks of fashion history, and put in the spotlight scandalous numbers that have brought people all over the world to their feet – like the famous armadillo shoes, and the spray painted dress that had been worn by a model and painted by two robots in a live fashion show. From floor to ceiling you will find his brilliant iconic creations – fetish-inspired accessories, elaborately beaded and bejeweled dresses, displays of his mastery of using unlikely materials like feather and bone, and ground-breaking techniques like 3d printing. It was sheer extravagance, and a wonderland for a fan girl like me.  


Drama and detail | Photo from

The show was a moment in his shoes, and a peek into his life not just as an artist, but as a person of ambition. For someone like me, who is at most a fan and enthusiast – the exhibition  was a gripping show of emotion turned into mastery of a craft. The exhibition was beautiful, but over all, the clothes spoke for themselves. As you look closer at each piece, you’ll see a devotion to detail, and as you take a step back to admire it for its entirety, you’ll see a reflection of someone’s dark and intense life translated into imagination and creativity. Fashion/art enthusiast or not, you will find that his creation is truly worth admiration. 


To share the experience with you, here is a clip from the British Vogue

 To learn more visit the V&A Savage Beauty website. 

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