Here’s What’s New at the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibition in London

The most visited show in the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, is opening on March 14 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The tribute to the innovative late British designer has been updated with 66 additional garments and accessories. A room called the Cabinet of Curiosities is vastly expanded with more dresses, hats, and 27 screens featuring footage of almost all of McQueen’s catwalk shows. And the exhibition now includes an almost life-size Kate Moss 3D projection, swirling in a gown of white organza, to the soundtrack of Schindler’s List. Below, the new highlights.
Exhibition Opener
Exhibition Opener
The new opening section of the exhibition focuses on McQueen’s early London years as a designer. Behind the mannequins is a screen featuring the collection he designed for his graduation from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
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The Birds
The Birds
On display is a jacket, trousers and shoes from his spring/summer 1995 collection, which he called “The Birds.” (The trousers were remade in 2015). The jacket is an example of McQueen’s fascination with ornithology, as well as a tribute to Hitchcock’s The Birds. The black print alluded to the flocks in the movie.
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Collegiate Show
Collegiate Show
A jacket created during McQueen's early years in London.
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The Cabinet of Curiosities
The Cabinet of Curiosities
The Cabinet of Curiosities in the exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum is a vast expansion of the New York version of Savage Beauty. In London, the double-height gallery contains more than 120 pieces, many of which were not exhibited previously, as well as 27 screens featuring footage of almost all of McQueen’s catwalk shows.
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The Eye
The Eye
A metal yashmak from the spring/summer 2000 “Eye” collection has been added in London.
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Wooden Dress
Wooden Dress
This is an engineered wood printed duchesse dress from the spring/summer 2009 “Natural Dis-tinction, Un-Natural Selection” collection.
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Red Feathers
Red Feathers
A pink and black outfit with feathers from the autumn/winter 2009 “The Horn of Plenty” collection is one of the additions to the Cabinet of Curiosities.
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New Design
New Design
An installation view of the Romantic Primitivism gallery. While the dresses it houses were already shown in New York, the design by Gainsbury and Whiting (the production company that helped McQueen stage his catwalk shows) is a London addition.
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Ballet Dress
Ballet Dress
A tulle-and-feathers ballet dress from the autumn/winter 2008 “The Girl Who Lived in the Tree” collection was added to a gallery called “The Romantic Nationalism” room, alongside pieces previously seen.
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A Hat
A Hat
An elaborate headpiece by Philip Treacy is new to the Cabinet of Curiosities
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Wedding Gown
Wedding Gown
Kate Moss wore this white organza dress at the finale of the autumn/winter 2006 “Widows of Culloden” catwalk show. A holographic 3D image of the British model wearing this dress is shown almost life size in the London exhibition.
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Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen
A portrait of the late British designer Alexander McQueen by Marc Hom.
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