Alexander McQueen graduates with honors of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design as a fashion Designer. The Fashion stylist Isabella Blow bought his graduation collection in 1992. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own label Alexander McQueen. In 2003, McQueen was declared International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and A Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire by the Queen of England and won yet another British Designer of the Year honor.

The fashion Industry was devastated when the designer was found dead at the age of 40, in his house. He was a unique talent and one of the world’s greatest designers… A spokeswoman for the British fashion council said…

The World’s greatest museum of art and design: Victoria and Albert Museum in partnership with Swarovski presents The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work.

The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. The exposition presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London covers his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection. McQueen’s designs are displayed with the same dramatic and emotional arranging and feeling of exhibition synonymous with his runway shows.

Title: Razor clam shells dress Artist: Alexander McQueen Date: Voss, SS 2001 Credit line: Model: Erin O Connor. Image: firstVIEW
Title: Tulle and lace dress with veil and antlers Artist: Alexander McQueen Date: Widows of Culloden, A/W 2006–07 Credit line: Model: Raquel Zimmermann, Viva London, Image: firstVIEW

The first iteration of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 which was curated by Andrew Bolton at the Costume Institute and became one of the Met’s 10 most visited exhibitions.

London was the epicenter of McQueen’s reality. The child of a taxi-driver, he grew up in the city’s East End and left school at 15 to become a tailor’s apprentice on Savile Row in Mayfair. In 1990, he joined the prestigious MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins. Now a very capable and innovative tailor, where he became a style originator, drawing motivation from London’s history, its world-class museums, and the rising ‘British craftsmanship’ scene.

Working with little money and a close circle of collaborator she delivered a succession of enchanting and provocative shows set in, locations across the capital. He reviewed, There was such a great amount of suppression in London design. It must be livened up.

”I have been able to interview him many times which was an utter honor, he was one of the most talented designers that I knew and miss him greatly”.
”It was extraordinary how shy and humble he was, he did not like people looking at him and would prefer to do interviews over the phone where he became excited to tell me about his references that where always very personal”.

Marko Matysik

For me, it was like a big dream that came true…

I was lucky enough to get into the team of Guido Palau so I could be present at the show in London, and it will also never forget it was one of my first shows ever, and then at the same time one of Alexander McQueen Shows…

I was in heaven; to have the opportunity to meet models like Kate Moss…

What a spectacle Models cut to their feet with shellfish clothes and scandal there was also because of the butterflies at the end of the show

But what am I talking about, look yourself…

never forget you

Heiko Palach

Photographer: Sean & Seng @Management Artists, Model: Remy Makeup Yasmin Heinz @SohoManagement/London
“When I worked in the make-up team for some of Alexander Mc Queen’s fashion shows, he said to us.
It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style wearing all high-end and low-end designers together.
I am a big fan of his and think, he was The-One-Of, we will never forget”

Yasmin Heinz

“I used to have a recurring nightmare where the world was black and white, dull and flat. As I began my millinery career, my head was full of outlandish ideas. But initially, I thought that I would have to be very reserved. When I first came across images of Alexander McQueen’s work it was similar to an “Eureka”  experience. It was as if I was being given the green light to go ahead and express myself and bugger off to the boundaries of restriction. Be true to yourself and go for it. Not only was I fortunate to have such a ground-breaking designer as my ice breaker, but I was living in London, a dynamic city, a far cry from my roots.”

Louis Mariette

For more information about the exhibition please visit: VAM

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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