“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” the record-breaking show held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, is headed to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
It will be the first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe. The show will span McQueen’s oeuvre, from his 1992 M.A. graduate collection to his unfinished fall 2010 collection.
The V&A said late Thursday that McQueen’s designs will be presented with the “dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.”
The original version of “Savage Beauty” at the Met was organized by the Costume Institute and became one of the museum’s top 10 most visited exhibitions. More than half a million people saw “Savage Beauty,” which the museum ended up extending by one week. The Met also kept its doors open until midnight on the final weekend to accommodate the final rush of visitors.
Jonathan Akeroyd, chief executive officer of Alexander McQueen, said: “We are incredibly proud as a house to be able to showcase Lee’s visionary body of work in London as a celebration of his legacy and an inspiration to a future generation.”