Alexander McQueen was one of the most influential and innovative fashion designers of his generation. He provoked with his ‘Bumster’ trousers, he astonished with dresses made from glass microscope slides, and he shocked with spectacular catwalk shows that involved elaborate storytelling, compelling theatre and raw emotion.
Celebrating the designer’s extraordinary creative talent, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A (14 March – 2 August 2015) was the largest retrospective of McQueen’s work ever to be presented. Capturing the public imagination and breaking all Museum records, the exhibition was seen by almost half a million visitors from 87 countries during its 21-week run. Join the exhibition’s Senior Research Assistant Kate Bethune as she discusses the inspirations behind McQueen’s work and reflects on her role in delivering the V&A’s most ambitious and successful fashion exhibition to date.
Image: Spray painted dress, Alexander McQueen, No.13, S/S 1999. Model: Shalom Harlow © Catwalking