“London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.” Alexander McQueen, January 2000

Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, the exhibition Alexander McQueen: “Savage Beauty” will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe. The event will take place in the V&A in London, England from March until July 2015.

The V&A, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, has a patent on organizing and curating the most extraordinary and interesting exhibitions.

In spring 2015 the V&A Museum, London, will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be displayed with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

‘Savage Beauty’ will be curated by Claire Wilcox. She is the Museum’s Senior Curator of Fashion, responsible for the 20th-century and contemporary dress collections. She is also Professor of Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum’s top 10 most visited exhibitions.

Swarovski has partnered the V&A in bringing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty to London. The crystal house and Alexander McQueen share a rich history, beginning in the 1990s when Isabella Blow introduced the young maverick designer to Nadja Swarovski. Swarovski went on to support McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1999 collection, the first of numerous collaborations including the creation, alongside Tord Boontje, of the V&A’s Grand Entrance crystal Christmas tree in 2003; and the dramatic Swarovski Gemstone-encrusted Bird’s Nest Headdress for his Autumn/Winter 2006 collection. Swarovski has worked with designers since Daniel Swarovski’s precision-cut stones became prized ingredients in the dressmaking ateliers of Paris, beginning the tradition of close collaboration between Swarovski and haute couture that remains to this day. The show is supported by American Express.

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