I had never really knew of McQueen’s incredible talent, but this exhibition shows more than his gothic range. You are showcased a wonderland of fabrics, prints and as well as his unique imagination.
Today I had the privilege of visiting the McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit, which showed many of his original designs worn by various models on the runway, such as Kate Moss. I only knew of McQueen’s name from his more gothic lines, but this exhibition showed such a huge range of creative designs
As many famous designs naturally do, they take inspiration from anything that interests them. But shown in McQueen’s masterpieces, you can really tell how
talented he is. He uses his incredible creativity and passionate inspiration to create THE most beautiful pieces. There were several lines which had certain themes, but still with McQueen’s unique touches. For example, he takes inspiration from certain cultures, such as basing one line on a very tribal-look, to another which had a more Chinese theme which consisted of very detailed and delicate pieces draped onto mannequin-ballerinas to fill a dark, lifeless room with life size rotating ballerinas in their lit mirrored cabinets.
He also designed a line purely inspired from his Scottish roots. From this you can tell how talented he was when it came to expressing his many passions.
‘The reason I’m patriotic about Scotland is because I think it’s been dealt a really hard hand. It’s marketed the over as … haggis… bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.’ – AMQ
I love how he looks as a clothes as a piece of art that are ‘designed from the side, the body’s worst angle, to ensure his clothes worked all the way round.’ The exhibition is held at London’s V&A until August 2nd, so it’s well worth making a trip to experience the tribute held for McQueen’s extra ordinary belief that ‘savage beauty’ can be found in wonderland, in other words McQueen’s wonderland of fabrics and prints.
‘There is no way back for me now. I’m going to take you on journeys you’ve never dreamed were possible.’
Alexander McQueen, 1969- 2010.
Jemima Plume Xx