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Fashion’s Maverick- Alexander McQueen ðŸ’€

May 31, 2015

Today I was lucky enough to see the creations of the late, great fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Before seeing his creations I was quite sceptical. I knew he was the bad boy of fashion, renowned for his ‘crazy’ creativeness. After the exhibition I now can truly say he was a genius.

The exhibition itself was magical, held in the amazing Victoria & Albert museum – one of London’s finest. Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe. Quite ironic almost to have such a wild streak of creativity just one room away from classical sculptures dating back centuries. But this is what makes the world we live in so special, fashion and art are intertwined.

Alexander McQueen’s dresses, or a more suitable word to describe them would be masterpieces, were breathtaking. The exhibition was made up of a labyrinth of 4-5 rooms each taking us through a different collection by the late designer. The central room was just striking, very high ceilings with huge black shelving on all sides featuring various parts of McQueens genius. The finale was a magical white McQueen gown worn by a hologram of Kate Moss. The fabrics, the cuts, the beading, just wonderful.

You don’t have to be a fashionista to appreciate and gain from visiting exhibitions like this, there is so much anyone and everyone can gain. Look at me, stay at home mother of two, I loved it! 

Here are a few facts about Lee Alexander McQueen, lets get to know the man behind the world renowned brand-

– Born in Lewisham, London – England on 17 March 1969

– His Scottish father Ronald, a taxi driver. His mother Joyce, a teacher.

– Lee Alexander was the youngest of six brothers and sisters.

– He started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and pronounced he wanted to be a fashion designer.

– After high school he worked as an apprentice at Saville Row Tailors, then went to make theatrical costumes at Angels & Bermans.

– He was an avid scuba diver and this passion for the deep sea was replicated in his creations

– Lee Alexander McQueen was gone far too soon, he died on 11 February 2010. Just nine days after losing his beloved mother Joyce to cancer. He had committed suicide by hanging. McQueen left a note saying, “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee.”

After getting a glimse of his life, his works become even more real. The depth, the influences, the tragedy, the complex mind.

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty – is still on at the V&A until August 2nd 2015. Do not miss this opportunity to get a glimse of a genius mind gone too soon.

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