Friday, April 25, 2014

The collection covers McQueen‘s career from his 1992 MA graduated show until his unfinished show in Fall/Winter 2010 - Swarovski partnered with V&A in bringing Alexander McQueen : Savage Beauty to London, the jewellery house having a rich history with Alexander McQueen dating back in 1990. The exhibition was originally displayed in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until August 2011 and due to popular demand they extended the exposure by one more week – apparently it became the eighth most popular exhibition in the Met’s 141-year history – behind Treasures of Tutankhamun (1978), Mona Lisa (1963), and Picasso (2010) – boasting a total of 661,509 visitors. “I am thrilled to announce that the V&A will bring this wonderful exhibition to London to celebrate the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times,” Martin Roth, director of the V&A, said tonight. “Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here – by staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home.“ “Savage Beauty is a story telling of the most imaginative and talented designer of our time,” added Jonathan Akeroyd, chief executive officer of Alexander McQueen. “We are incredibly proud as a house to be able to showcase Lee’s visionary body of work in London as a celebration of his legacy and an inspiration to a future generation.“