Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is set to be the biggest fashion exhibition the country has ever seen, with advance ticket sales of 70 000. And, like his many catwalk spectacles before, the show is as much about art as it is about fashion.
The hugely influential designer, who died in 2010 aged 40, was responsible for many of the biggest fashion trends that made it from catwalk to high street in recent years, from glamorous gothic gowns to grungy bumster jeans.
The show includes almost 250 items, including rare early pieces lent from private collections and never previously seen. McQueen’s style changed considerably over the years and the clothes displayed are split into rooms especially designed to represent the designer’s different incarnations, from blank industrial space to Victorian mirror-lined walls. There are dresses made from bleached clam shells and bird-like creations of black feathers, and as well as clothes there’s sound and moving images.
The exhibition was first shown at the Metropolitan museum of modern art in New York three years ago, which saw people waiting up to 6 hours to get entry. The stage is set for this show to be just as popular. We recommend you book in advance.