Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty comes to London – V&A

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 1998.  Paul Vicente – AFP – Alexander McQueen RTW A/W 1998  – Getty Images

Victoria and Albert Museam

14 March – 2 August 2015

In partnership with Swarovski. Supported by American Express | @V_and_A     #SavageBeauty

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

Alexander McQueen: Paris Fashion Week Ready-to-Wear A/W 09
Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 2009
Pascal Le Segretain/ Alexander McQueen RTW A/W 2009/ Getty Images

The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage
Beauty in London in spring 2015. 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 presented with the dramatic staging
and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

The original version of 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. Tickets to the V&A’s exhibition go on sale
at 10:00 on 25 April 2014.

Alexander McQueen - Paris Fashion Week Autumn 2006
Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 2006
Michel Dufour/ Alexander McQueen A/W RTW 2006/ Getty Images

Martin Roth, V&A Director, said: “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. 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

Sarah Burton, Creative Director Alexander McQueen, said:
“Savage Beauty is a celebration of the most imaginative and talented designer of our
time. Lee was a genius and a true visionary who pushed boundaries, challenged and
inspired. He believed in creativity and innovation and his talent was limitless.”

Bird’s Nest Headdress, made with Swarovski Gemstones
Philip Treacy and Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen A/W 2006

The V&A’s presentation of the exhibition is being made possible with the
cooperation of Alexander McQueen and will be in partnership with Swarovski, and
supported by American Express.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, said: “We are honoured
to support this landmark exhibition celebrating the creative genius of Alexander
McQueen at one of our most distinguished cultural institutions. We were privileged to
collaborate creatively with McQueen since 1998 in both fashion and design, and
Savage Beauty is an eloquent tribute to the scale of his talent and to his limitless
imagination, which conjured looks that were sometimes wild and challenging, but
always exquisitely crafted, and always beautiful.”

Lisa Gregg, Vice President of Consumer Products & Experiences, American Express,
said: “We are delighted to be a part of this unique retrospective. Our support of
Alexander McQueen spans many years over which time we had the privilege of
supporting his meteoric rise from cutting edge British designer to global household
name. As one of the sponsors of the 2011 New York debut of Savage Beauty, we are
particularly excited about the homecoming of this truly special and inspirational

To book tickets: 

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 on 25 April 2014
Admission £16 (concessions available)
V&A Members go free
Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person at the V&A; online at; or by calling 020 7420 9736 (booking fee applies)

In association with:  Swarovski and American Express.

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