“When I am dead and gone people will know that the the twenty first century was started by Alexander McQueen”

Map Memories

Savage Beauty at the V&A is not an exhibition. It is an experience. Lee Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary works of art are displayed before tarnished mirrors, revolving like merry go rounds or poised like elegant perfume bottles in towering cabinets of creativity. The innovation of the designer pulsates through every room, each more magical than before and communicating not only McQueen as a fashion designer but his role as a Romantic artist with the magnitude that every great artist deserves.

He boldly stated “I am a Romantic schizophrenic.” The emotional intensity of each stitch parallels the brushstrokes of J. M. W. Turner and Eugène Delacroix, his love of nature echoes the words of William Wordsworth and John Keats and his Outsider psychology which is the source of such overwhelming creativity resonates with William Blake. Had Colin Wilson’s ‘The Outsider’ been written today, McQueen would be yet another example alongside Friedrich Nietzsche…

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