AROUND-THE-CLOCK OPENING FOR THE FINAL WEEKEND. 14 March – 2 August 2015. Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.
Due to unprecedented demand, the V&A are opening the exhibition throughout the night for the final two weekends of the run. An additional 12,000 night tickets are on sale now to book from Friday 24 July to 22.00 on Sunday 26 July and from Friday 31 July until it closes finally on Sunday 2 August at 23.00. During these weekends, the exhibition shop will feature special in-store promotions, a bar will be open in the Dome with music until 22.00, and refreshments available from 22.00 – 06.30.
‘It was about trying to trap something that wasn’t conventionally beautiful to show that beauty comes from within.’
- Alexander McQueen
VOSS (Spring/Summer 2001), also known as the ‘Asylum’ show, was staged inside a vast two-way mirrored box. The collection featured a number of exoticized garments, including a coat and a dress appliquéd with roundels in the shape of chrysanthemums.
Typical of McQueen’s collections, VOSS offered a commentary on the politics of appearance, upending conventional ideals of beauty. For McQueen, the body was a site for contravention, where normalcy was questioned, and where the spectacle of marginality was embraced and celebrated.