Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty
Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A London - 14 March – 2 August 2015. We were lucky enough to secure tickets to the most spectacular exhibition we have ever had the joy of attending. A photo blog cannot do the exhibition justice, but we had to share something from this landmark show. The exhibition celebrated the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.
'I'm a romantic schizophrenic'
- Lee Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010)
Alexander McQueen's dashing creativity was expressed through the technical artistry of his designs and the dramatic intensity of his fashion shows. Drawing on avant-garde installation and performance art, these were also emphatically autobiographical. McQueen fearlessly challenged the conventions of fashion. Rare among designers, he saw beyond clothing's physical constraints to its conceptual and imaginative possibilities.
Over and again, McQueen's spectacular catwalk presentations unleashed powerful feelings as compelling sources of aesthetic experience. In the spirit of Romanticism, unfettered emotionalism sustained his profound appreciation of beauty. Evoking the feelings of shock and awe associated with the Sublime, his dark imaginings elicited an uneasy pleasure that merged wonder and terror, incredulity and revulsion.
McQueen's romantic sensibility propelled his creativity and advanced his fashion in directions both unimagined and unprecedented. His individualistic and defiant vision was augmented by an acute sense of time and place, and a preoccupation with the exotic and the untamed. Filtered through a powerful modernity McQueen's work was, above all, driven by his fascination with the beauty and savagery of the natural world. © V & A London
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