Alexander McQueen at the V&A museum in London
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969–2010) was the bad boy of haute couture, perhaps remembered as much for his black-and-white skull-print scarves as for his exquisite tailoring, learned on Savile Row.
The exhibition, opening March 14, is a blend of fashion, music, and architecture. This master of glamour and decay used skulls as one of his signatures, but he was also a technical master, playing with notions of death and the afterlife in a theatrical manner. His most spectacular catwalk show, VOSS, featured a naked woman inside a glass cage swarming with moths.
Nine days after his mother’s death from cancer, the four-time British Designer of the Year was found dead, having committed suicide in his upscale Mayfair apartment. He left $ 80,000 to his dogs. His last collection was posthumously shown during Paris Fashion Week in March 2010, before a few select fashion editors.
More on the exhibition: vam.ac.uk
Text: Emma Olsson
Published: February 16, 2015
Last edited: January 28, 2016