Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibition At The V&A

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Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the V&A museum for Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty Exhibition with my sister, mum and aunt. As a fashion lover, I was super excited to see what was in store as the secret has been kept fairly well hidden.

Breaking the rules as Alexander McQueen himself would, I took some sneaky pictures to share with you all (as I know how much those of you who couldn’t make it will appreciate it). The only writing I feel can accompany such stunning pieces of artwork are quotes from the designer himself. Enjoy! 🙂

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“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

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“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.”

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“Of course I make mistakes. I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.”

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“When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.”

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“Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution.”

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“There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.”

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“For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I’m getting there: I’ve found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.”

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“Sting’s my ideal man, because he’s a real man.”

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“As a designer, you’ve always got to push yourself forward; you’ve always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That’s what I do.”

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“I came to terms with not fitting in a long time ago. I never really fitted in. I don’t want to fit in. And now people are buying into that.”

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“I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists.”

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“I don’t want to be too proud, but I have a good personal style.”

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“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”

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“When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you’re an open book, there’s no allure.”

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“I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern, very now – no one wears head-to-toe designer anymore.”

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Most inspirational quote:

“Through cutting, I try to draw attention to our unrelenting desire for perfection. The body parts that I focus on change depending on the inspirations and the references for the collection and what silhouettes they demand.” – Alexander McQueen

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“It’s good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It’s DNA, it’s in your blood.”

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“I never look at other people’s work. My mind has to be completely focused on my own illusions.”

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“You can get insular with fashion.”

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“Menswear is about subtlety. It’s about good style and taste.”

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“It’s not my vision when I cover a woman’s face with a chador. I got the idea from a ‘National Geographic’ photo. I’m just showing their plight in the world.”

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“I can’t get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it’s just crass.”

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