The V&A Does Savage Beauty: What To Expect

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Since it was confirmed that the New York MET’s record-breaking exhibition of the late Alexander McQueen’s work, Savage Beauty was coming to the V&A, excitement has been building about what visitors can expect. More importantly though, industry insiders have been speculating about how the museum will make the exhibition feel new and different in Lee’s home city.

Well now we know. It has been confirmed that the exhibition will be “edited and expanded” and will include some exciting new content. Here are the key things to look out for when it opens in March next year:

– 30 new garments, including some rare early designs lent by private individuals and collectors including Katy England and Annabelle Neilson, as well as pieces from the Isabella Blow Collection and the house of Givenchy

– An entirely new section of the exhibition that will focus on Lee McQueen’s time as a fledgling designer in London

– An expanded Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring collaborations with jeweller Shaun Leane and milliner Philip Treacy and video footage, as well as 40 additional objects that have not previously been seen together

– Immersive content created by Gainsbury and Whiting, the production company that collaborated with Alexander McQueen on his famously provocative catwalk shows. Look out for the near-life size holographic 3D image of Kate Moss, previously seen during the finale of the Widows of Culloden (A/W 2006-7) catwalk show

Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person at the V&A; online at; or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies)

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