Dress from Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition.

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

Last week the team went to see Savage Beauty, the blockbuster Alexander McQueen show at the V&A. This retrospective of the career of Alexander McQueen began life at the Metropolitan Museum in New York over four years ago and has been reworked and expanded for its London outing. While the staging of the show is thematic rather than chronological it is still incredibly impactful. My favourite elements were the central kaleidoscopic Cabinet of Curiosities room, which includes accessories from, and footage of, every Alexander McQueen show up until his death and the recreation of an optical illusion used in the 2006 Widows of Culloden catwalk show where Kate Moss, dressed in silk organza, is conjured up as a ghostly apparition using a Victorian theatrical trick called Pepper’s Ghost. Despite the inevitable crowds, this show is a definite must see. The whole exhibition is incredibly moving and is a real testament to the undoubted genius of Lee Alexander McQueen.

Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. Until 2 August