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January 24, 2022

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Alexander McQueen and Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is hosting a huge show on Alexander McQueen’s work until August 2. The British designer committed suicide in February 2010 following the death of his mother from cancer. The exhibit comes from the Costume Institute at the Met in NYC, which presented the show in 2011. It was extremely popular and one of the Met’s top 10 most visited exhibits. Savage Beauty has been expanded for the V&A and features 66 additional items for a total of 240 ensembles and accessories on view. It spans McQueen’s 1992 postgraduate collection to his A/W 2010 collection, which was completed after his death. London is, of course, the perfect place for such a gigantic retrospective. “London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration,” the designer once said. And later, “The collections at the V&A never fail to intrigue and inspire me. The nation is privileged to have access to such a resource…. It’s the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight.” Admission £16.

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