Alexander McQueen show is coming to London
Victoria and Albert Museum organising follow-up to the Met's hit retrospective of 2011
By Javier Pes and Jane Morris. Web only
Published online: 25 April 2014
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is organising a retrospective of the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for 2015, based on the blockbusting show in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, organised by its Costume Institute three years ago.
The director of the V&A, Martin Roth, who has long wanted to bring a version of the sell-out show to London, said in a statement: “By staging the exhibition at the V&A, it feels like we are bringing his work home.”
Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute at the Met, who organised “Savage Beauty”, will be the consultant curator of the V&A's retrospective (14 March-19 July 2015). The curator of the V&A's exhibition is Claire Wilcox, the museum's senior curator of fashion, who is also a professor at the London College of Fashion.
Bolton, who was formerly a curator at the V&A, tells The Art Newspaper that McQueen's work is so rich that he wanted to return to it again.
"I always hoped that an exhibition would be shown in London, Alexander McQueen's home city, and I made 'Savage Beauty' always with a plan that one day it would be shown there. I worked on the [Met] exhibition for a year and I realised that it was only one essay that could written about him; there are so many facets to his work,” he says.
Bolton says that, while he is not a great believer in returning to a subject, McQueen is an exception. “For example, you could look at his deep interest in art; he had a great collection of contemporary art and a deep love of art history," he says.
The McQueen show at the Met drew, on average, around 8,000 visitors a day, and 660,000 people in total, making it the must-see show of 2011. It also helped put the Met into second place in our survey of total museum attendance, above the British Museum in London.
Advance tickets for the V&A exhibition, which is sponsored by Swarovski and American Express, go on sale today.
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