Alexander Mc Queen Horn of plenty by Nick Waplington

Nick Waplington: Working Progress

This weekend I headed to Tate Britain to see Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process. This new exhibition timed no doubt to coincide with the blockbuster Savage Beauty at the V&A presents a collection of images by photographer Nick Waplington that chronicle the creative process of Horn of Plenty, McQueen’s final Autumn/Winter 2009 collection. This critically acclaimed show presented a retrospective of McQueen’s career in fashion, re-using silhouettes and fabrics from his earlier work and featured a catwalk set made from discarded elements from the sets of his past shows. The project was initially conceived as a book and Waplington’s candid behind-the-scenes photographs of McQueen at work are interspersed with photographs of recycling plants and landfill sites, playing on the themes McQueen explored in the Horn of Plenty show. My favourite section of the show was the definitely the final room – a semi-dark space, which displayed a series of illuminated large-scale pictures of models backstage. It was very atmospheric and perfectly captured the visionary genius that was Alexander McQueen.

Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Progress. Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG. Until 17th May.