Alexander McQueen's dream exhibition
Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty exhibition is one he would have loved, says curator Claire Wilcox.
London's famous Victoria & Albert Museum is playing host to the dramatic display of Lee McQueen's most iconic work, and has been an instant hit with fashion fans since opening in March.
The exhibition wraps on August 2, and Claire is confident that the man behind the designs would have been over the moon with what her team has done.
"The biggest challenge has been making sure we do McQueen justice. But working closely with Sarah Burton, Sam Gainsbury and Katy England, who worked closely with him, I feel confident we've made an exhibition that he'd have loved," Claire smiled to British magazine Grazia.
McQueen committed suicide in 2010, but his brand has continued to flourish.
Before his death at the age of 40, the designer had been a regular at the museum currently housing the exhibition in his honour.
"McQueen visited the V&A archive quite a lot. Once I showed him a 1630s Portuguese embroidered mantle. A little of its spirit turned up in his 2003 Irere collection, and you'd never have known unless you'd showed him the piece. I felt privileged to be part of that process," Claire revealed.
Savage Beauty was first seen in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, and saw record attendance for the museum.
Work then began on bringing it across the pond.
"We've worked extensively for 12 months for this exhibition; preparation started long before that. Because McQueen was such a complex designer, we had to have a diversity of voices, not just fashion historians. We've used a specialist in early modern art and a painting scholar," Claire explained.