Savage Beauty Exhibition Comes To London

A record-breaking exhibition celebrating the life and work of Alexander McQueen is coming to London, The Victoria and Albert Museum has confirmed.

Savage Beauty became the eighth most visited attraction when it opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. Organised by the Costume Institute, the in New York version attracted more than 660,000 attendants over its run.

The London retrospective will have its premier in spring 2015, with tickets going on sale a year in advance. The exhibition will serve as a homecoming for the Lewisham born designer, full name Lee Alexander McQueen CBE.

Despite success as the chief designer at Givenchy and with his own label, McQueen committed suicide aged forty in 2010.

“London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration,” said the late star in January 2000.

V&A’s museum director, Martin Roth, announced the arrival in a statement: “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.”

As the first and largest compilation of McQueen’s work in Europe it will span from his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished AW10 line.

Shortly after the designer’s death, the brand’s owner, Gucci, revealed plans for it to continue under the direction of Sarah Burton. In May 2010 the former personal assistant to McQueen was announced as creative director.

Burton said the exhibition celebrates “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,” she added.

Savage Beauty will run from March 14th until July 19th 2015, tickets are available now on, priced from £17.50.

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