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McQueen’s fantastical mind

A preview of the V&A retrospective in London

Georgia Grimond | March/April 2015

“Savage Beauty”, first seen at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, is a day trip into a fantastical, furious, fragile mind. Alexander McQueen’s designs defy sense, and often gravity too, with dresses made from shells or formed from feathers. As you wander among his mannequins, it is his mind that is most fascinating. Deploying his innate dexterity and using beauty as his guide, McQueen takes issue with the Highland Clearances, explores Darwin and looks both back and forward with his last full collection, “Plato’s Atlantis”.

The tragedy is that by committing suicide in 2010 he became a museum piece. But London was his great love and how right it is that the East End boy who cut his teeth cutting cloth in the West End should return home. ~ Georgia Grimond

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty V&A, London, Mar 14th to Aug 2nd