As London prepares to host a retrospective of the work of one of the greatest designers of our time, Alexander McQueen, the exhibition is enjoying unprecedented record-breaking ticket sales ahead of its opening in March 2015.
Originally staged at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2011 and organised by the Costume Institute, the exhibit, titled “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” quickly became one of the museum’s most visited attractions. Now making its way to London, where the designer had his formative beginnings in the prestigious Central St Martin’s college, the show will be presented at the V&A and will feature pieces from McQueen’s graduate collection in 1992 right through to his unfinished A/W collection in 2010. The show will be supported by the likes of Swarovski, MAC and American Express. The theatrical feel of the retrospective will further pay homage to McQueen’s runways, which often featured a sense of spectacle and drama.
“With just two months to go, we are seeing an unprecedented demand for ‘Savage Beauty’ but we also wanted to reassure people that there are still tickets available,” said Martin Roth, director of the V&A. “We are committed to providing access to as many as possible during its 20-week run and so pleased to now offer many more opportunities to see this magnificent show in London.” The museum has seen huge demand for the exhibit since tickets went on sale last year—30,000 have been sold so far, which breaks the record for its advance sales. And it’s not just Londoners who are flocking for a glimpse of some of the most renowned pieces in the world—the V&A has reported that tickets have been bought online from 57 different countries.
‘Savage Beauty’ will now run from 14 March through to 2 August with an additional 50,000 tickets having been released. The museum also promises early opening times and late finishes in order to accommodate everyone for this unique opportunity.