The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has just opened its doors to the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, the biggest exposition that the museum has ever dedicated to the world of fashion. Its purpose? Pay homage to the lights and shadows of the British genius, on the fifth anniversary of his death. “We are at his homecoming”, summarized Martin Roth, director of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
London pays tribute to one of his most celebrated contemporary artist in this exhibition, for which they have already sold thousands of tickets. Over 240 pieces of McQueen, spread over ten halls of the museum, you can explore the career of the master, marked by the classicism of the tailors of Savile Row and the innovative atmosphere of the Saint Martins. But “Savage Beauty” is also a trip to the obsessions of a tormented artist, where converge romance, violence, fetishism, avant-garde and tradition.
Member of the Young British Artists controversial move, Alexander McQueen embodied the provocative soul of London in 90s; and was precisely its transgressive spirit, which caught the attention of magnate Bernard Arnault, the same who signed him in 1996 to succeed Galliano at Givenchy. The rest, is history.