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Duck feather dress, The Horn of Plenty, from fashion’s much-missed enfant terrible. Photo: Firstview
Duck feather dress, The Horn of Plenty, from fashion’s much-missed enfant terrible. Photo: Firstview

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Alexander McQueen at the V&A museum in London

It might be the biggest European fashion event of the year. Savage Beauty, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, originally premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2011 and became one of the most popular exhibits of all time.

Björk and Alexander McQueen attend ‘Fashion Rocks for the Prince’s Trust’ at the Royal Albert Hall, London, October 2003. Photo: Getty ImagesFashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969–2010) was the bad boy of haute couture, perhaps remembered as much for his black-and-white skull-print scarves as for his exquisite tailoring, learned on Savile Row.

The exhibition, opening March 14, is a blend of fashion, music, and architecture. This master of glamour and decay used skulls as one of his signatures, but he was also a technical master, playing with notions of death and the afterlife in a theatrical manner. His most spectacular catwalk show, VOSS, featured a naked woman inside a glass cage swarming with moths.

Nine days after his mother’s death from cancer, the four-time British Designer of the Year was found dead, having committed suicide in his upscale Mayfair apartment. He left $ 80,000 to his dogs. His last collection was posthumously shown during Paris Fashion Week in March 2010, before a few select fashion editors.

More on the exhibition: vam.ac.uk

Text: Emma Olsson

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