I finally went to the V&A yesterday evening to visit the Alexander McQueen Tribute exhibition, Savage Beauty, and I'm still recovering from it. It was a real shock. A good one!
"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it." Alexander McQueen.
Everything's been said about this exhibition but the most revealing to me is the creativity, the darkness, the perfection of the couture, the tailoring, the inspiration, the romanticism, the beauty in the ugly that formed the art of Lee McQueen. He wasn't a fashion designer, he was an artist, one that can only be formed and shaped in the UK. McQueen incorporated the full spectrum of media in his shows to enhance the presentation of the clothes: from contemporary dance (Michael Clark), music (Björk, anyone?) to performance art (Michelle Olley) and the V&A's staging truly reflects and understands this impressive artistic blend. It is a very emotional exhibition.
McQueen was a romantic, a rebel and a true rock'n'roller. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2007 and I'll remember this meeting forever. The V&A remains open for 24 hours until the closing of the show tomorrow so don't miss it.