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Museum adds rare images to a highly anticipated Alexander McQueen exhibit

The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit comes to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum with a new addition

By Liz Bautista | Published: 4 Mar 2015

McQueen Exhibit
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London's Victoria & Albert Museum is restaging the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit, the same retrospective that earned New York’s Metropolitan Museum its record attendance of 500,000 in 2011.

McQueen, who committed suicide in February 2010, has been credited with bringing fantasy, drama and extravagance to the catwalk. And, from 14 March until 2 August, the late designer’s works will be on display at the V&A. Additionally, the museum has also added 13 unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs from McQueen's extravagant runway shows, taken by French photographer Ann Ray.

According to Ann, the designer himself once described the images as his “life in pictures” and the V&A is the first museum in the world to include them in its permanent collection. Whether this exhibit will match or surpass the Met’s attendance record remains to be seen, but online pre-bookable tickets have already sold out and only 200 tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at the museum daily.


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