Moved by Savage Beauty

LInda Lencovic Uncategorized

On Thursday I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. What a show! It has been a while since I’ve seen a show that affected me as much as this one did.

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010) Dress Eshu, autumn/winter 2000–2001 Yellow glass beads and brown horsehair Courtesy of Alexander McQueen Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

I’d gone in to London for business and was at the French Consulate across the street when I figured I would pop in and see if there was any chance of getting one of the day tickets that are reserved when a show sells out – as this one has nearly twice over! They have extended the show for 2 weeks and also added 8am opening times, which I have never heard of the V&A doing before!

After seeing the show, I understand why, it is spectacular! A mix of theatre, sculpture, master craftsmanship and haute couture…I really can’t do much but gush, but it you haven’t seen it yet and can – GO.

Here are my highlights:

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The Horn of Plenty – autumn/winter 2009–10 Black duck feathers © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

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Eshu, autumn/winter 2000–2001 Yellow glass beads and brown horsehair © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

Ensemble Eclect Dissect, autumn/winter 1997–98 Dress of black leather; collar of red pheasant feathers and resin vulture skulls; gloves of black leather Courtesy of Givenchy Haute Couture Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

Ensemble Eclect Dissect, autumn/winter 1997–98 Dress of black leather; collar of red pheasant feathers and resin vulture skulls; gloves of black leather Courtesy of Givenchy Haute Couture  © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen “Spine” Corset Untitled, spring/summer 1998 Aluminum and black leather Courtesy of Shaun Leane © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

This last one is a headpiece I remember seeing from the catwalk show back when I first moved to London and was doing my Master’s degree in Painting. I remember thinking at that point that I should trade in the brushes for millinery! Should have listened to myself… ;-P

Headpiece, “Widows of Cullodden,” autumn/winter 2006-2007 – collaboration with McQueen, Philip Treacy & Shaun Leane – Crafted from mallard wings, silver, Swarovski blue topaz and smoky quartz – Model: Snejana Onopka Photo: ©François Guillot

Absolutely amazing to see the piece in real life and up close! The silversmithing is divine, with a hand woven nest in sterling.

For those of you that can’t see the exhibition, Vogue online has an amazing short video that shows some highlights of the show and you can see some of the amazing sets and pieces in this short:

Now back to work with Woolfest prep as we leave on Thursday for the show…see some of you there? I am dreading the 7.5 – 8 hour drive but am really looking forward to Cumbria and the festival!