• Show Stopping Sartorial Spectacles – From McQueen to Gaultier

    by  • March 13, 2015 • Amsterdam, Antwerp, Exhibitions, Fashion, London, Milan, New York, Paris

    ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition prepares to be unveiled at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

    The great and the good of the fashion world came together in London for an exclusive preview of what is set to be a spectacular retrospective devoted to “one of the most innovative designers of recent times”, Alexander McQueen. Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor, Poppy Delevingne, Victoria and David Beckham and even Princess Beatrice sashayed up to celebrate and pay tribute to the designer’s remarkable creative talent at the city’s prestigious V&A Museum, proud host of the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition which has been billed as “the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe”.

    Opening to the public Saturday, 14th March – and running through the spring and early summer months until the 2nd of August, the exhibition, in partnership with Swarovski, showcases some of the designer’s most iconic designs from spanning his all-too-short career, from his 1992 MA graduate collection at Central Saint Martins to his unfinished Autumn-Winter 2010 collection. Themes include London, A Romantic Mind, A Gothic Mind, Romantic Primitivism, Romantic Nationalism, Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Naturalism, Plato’s Atlantis, Voss and the fascinating Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring a selection of his accessory collection produced in collaboration with a number of designers including the milliner, Philip Treacy and the jeweller, Shaun Leane.

    With the 2011 New York McQueen retrospective becoming one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s top 10 most visited exhibitions, demand for this London-based homage is expected to be very high. Timed tickets are available on line at a cost of £19.10 per person (including booking fee). The Victoria and Albert Museum is open daily from 10am until 5.30pm, with late-night opening until 9.30pm on Fridays.


    And as I recently blogged, there’s also a large number of fashion exhibitions taking place across Europe this spring. Here’s a quick reminder of ones not to miss, as well as a link to the original article here

    • NEW YORK – Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 1970s – The Museum at FIT – until 18th April
    • PARIS – Carte Blanche à Christian Lacroix – Musée Cognac-Jay – until 19th April
    • LONDON – Women Fashion Power – Design Museum – until 26th April
    • AMSTERDAM – Happy Birthday, Chanel – Museum of Bags and Purses – until 3rd May
    • MILAN – Stardust, David Bailey – PAC Padiglione Arte Contemporanea – until 2nd June
    • HASSELT – Hello, My Name is Paul Smith – Mode Museum – until 7th June
    • PARIS – Déboutonner la Mode – Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Mode et Textile) – until 19th July
    • PARIS – Yves Saint Laurent – 1971: The Scandal Collection – Fondation Pierre Bergé – until 19th July
    • ANTWERP – Dries Van Noten – MoMu Fashion Museum – until 19th July
    • PARIS – Jean-Paul Gaultier – Grand Palais – until 3rd August
    • PARIS – Jeanne Lanvin – Palais Galliera – until 23rd August
    • BARNARD CASTLE (COUNTY DURHAM) – Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal – The Bowes Museum – 11th July until 25th October
    • AMSTERDAM – New for Now – Rijksmuseum – 12th July until 27th September
    • GRANVILLE (NORMANDY) – Dior, The New Look Revolution – Musée Christian Dior – 6th June until 1st November



    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.