Alexander McQueen: The designer who startled us into a new silhouette

There is one place fashion fans are guaranteed to flock to in London this year – and it isn’t Barry’s Bootcamp. The real hot ticket is the Victoria and Albert museum’s Alexander McQueen retrospective, Savage Beauty. From provocative early catwalk shows The Hunger and Highland Rape to the late designer’s last fully realised collection, Plato’s Atlantis, the exhibition will feature almost two decades of his work. Plato’s Atlantis, curator Claire Wilcox says, “was incredibly complex”. It also featured the Armadillo boots that revolutionised footwear. “Very few designers have managed to startle us into an entirely new silhouette,” she curator Claire Wilcox says. “You think of Dior, you think of Balenciaga, you think of McQueen.”

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