Alexander McQueen wasn't just a fashion designer, what he created was art at its highest form. It was recently announced that his “Savage Beauty” retrospective will open at the London’s Victoria & Albert Museum next March. Sixteen hundred people have already bought tickets to the exhibition that famously brought record-breaking numbers (661,509 visitors to be precise) of fashion pilgrims to the Metropolitan Museum show in New York in 2011.
McQueen’s homecoming exhibition is to feature more material focusing on McQueen’s roots as a British upstart in London, from his Central Saint Martins MA graduate collection of 1992 through his first seven shockingly sensational shows—boundary-crashing experiences that dragged fashion into the realms of art performance. The resonance of the location is a very personal one: McQueen sourced many of his historical inspirations in the archives of the V&A—as he put it, “It’s the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight.”