I am continually inspired by fashion. As an artist, I look at designers work and admire the way that they’re able to mould their ideas around the human body- pieces literally come to life as they are worn. Over the summer I was able to visit the Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” at the V&A a few times, each time enjoying his craft more and more. This exhibition is like no other I have experienced. The boundary between awe and unease was blurred as I was immediately immersed in a sensory overload of music, environment and art.
The crowd of equally disturbed and enraptured guests, tentatively walked around the the work, intimidated by their allure. McQueen famously once said “I want people to be afraid of the women I dress” and fear was certainly present, if only enhanced by the exhibition’s curation. Each room’s theatrical decor matched the work displayed in there, as did the music, giving you no time to think, only experience.
I think the reason I kept returning to this exhibition was it’s rejection of white walls, silence and the traditional boundary gallery’s seem to have between the viewer and the art. There was a section of the exhibition which confronted the viewer with their own reflection after playing a video of a runway show inside of a glass case, a comment on inner beauty or self reflection perhaps? Either way, you leave pondering your own existence or at least I did. The whole show hinted to the temporary, which is why I think I found it so fascinating.
With my absolute love for tailoring coupled with my interest for art as experience, this exhibition is one I will not forget in a hurry.