A few days ago I managed to go see the exhibition Savage Beauty at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) in London.
I didn’t know much about McQueen or the exhibition itself before going and if truth be told, thought it would have been a completely different type of exhibition until someone at my day job mentioned it was about fashion.
After having been to the exhibition I wanted to write something fantastic about it. But while looking for pictures to use in this post all the emotions I had experienced came rushing back and I found myself doubting if I would be able to do it justice. I just wasn’t sure if I could accurately describe the sense of awe it inspired in me.
The first room with its concrete walls and a warehouse kind of look. The fashion torn, fabric frayed. Uniforms and tailored outfits. The second room dim-lit, covered from floor to ceiling with elegant gold framed mirrors and the fashion in leather, latex and feathers. The wooden room with kilt inspired gowns, some of them reminding me of the neoclassical empire cut dresses. Some of the robes seemed to have come straight out of a story book, fit for some great empress with billowing red fabric and incredible head pieces.
I must say that despite not being overly enthusiastic about fashion I was amazed. The sheer volume was incredible and I loved how you could see the different cultural but also historical influences in the various garments. Like the kimono inspired dress and the rugby influenced attire.
I can not say what was more fantastic the fashion or the spaces constructed to hold it. Every room as grand as the next; the darkened room with skull and bone clad walls holding pieces inspired by meat, flesh and animals. Dresses made of brown, black and dark grey horse hair and green yellowy glitter (paste?). The immense space several meters high with black box-framed creations, giving the sensation of having stepped right into the section of McQueen’s mind where he might have imagined them. Stacked on top of each other, dresses, accessories, shoes and more.
I didn’t know a lot about McQueen, and only know slightly more now but I was truly impressed.
What an incredible job the V&A did of displaying and enlightening us of Mr McQueen’s legacy! It is sure to linger in the hearts of many for a long time to come.
Disclaimer: I’m not claiming to know the exact fact about McQueen or any of his work, this was purely the impression the exhibition left with me.