Last week, I had the amazing opportunity of going to the Opening Night Gala of the much anticipated Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, at the Victoria & Albert Museum. As I walked up the red carpet stairs of the V&A and saw briefly the paparazzi snapping the star-studded crowd, my heart skipped a beat, anticipating the Museum’s glittering interior. Right in the entrance of the V&A, there was a huge round shaped bar and the bartenders dressed to the nines, were serving delicious cocktails, in a fabulous atmosphere.
“Having an amazing night at the museum, I walked through the V&A halls – Martini in hand – to the entrance of the best fashion exhibition I’ve ever been to.”
Savage Beauty is really an incredible retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s ingenuity and talent. The scenery was so dramatic and theatrical that left me in complete awe. Each gallery of the exhibition was a tribute to the life legacy of the late designer.
From the London room, reminiscent of Saint Martins, depicting McQueen’s earliest work and tailoring development, to the dark Romantic Gothic, to the chambers made of bones and skulls for Romantic Primitivism, to the red tartan and feathers of Romantic Nationalism, to the heart of the exhibition the Cabinet of Curiosities, with its magnificent fashion pieces and accessories by Shaun Leane and Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen. Last, was the magical Pepper’s Ghost Illusion, a recreation of the Kate Moss hologram that ended the Widows of Colluden Autumn 2006 show.
“Right at midnight, the doors of the Porter Gallery opened, to reveal the party venue with a shimmering disco ball, and a glossy black stage.”
To my great surprise, on this stage Kate Moss performed with Michael Clark dancers, wearing a see-through black skull dress, paying tribute to the moment in 2004, when she danced barefoot for the designer’s Black Show.
The event was filled with famous faces from the fashion world and numerous celebrities: Kate Moss, Naomi Cambell, Sarah Burton, McQueen’s muse Annabelle Neilson, Mario Testino, Stella Tenant, Erin O’Connor, Charlotte Dellal, Poppy Delevigne, Jade Jagger to name a few. FKA Twigs made a memorable appearance in a rainbow-hued feathered, birds-of-paradise gown from the designer’s spring/summer 2008 collection.