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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Comes To London

09/10/2014 15:20 | Updated 20 May 2015

Three years after Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty arrived in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition is coming to London.

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The celebration of the late British fashion designer will run from 14 March - 19 July 2015 at the V&A and five months ahead of its opening, the museum has shared details of what's in store.

The museum has worked with Gainsbury and Whiting, the production company that collaborated with McQueen for his fashion shows, to edit and expand the retrospective for the V&A's large exhibition galleries.

It will display more than 200 garments - the largest number of pieces designed by McQueen and collaborators ever seen together - starting from his Central Saint Martins' postgraduate collection of 1992 right through to his final designs for Autumn/Winter 2010, completed after his death.

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The London exhibit will also include 30 new garments, including rare ensembles and accessories lent by private individuals and collectors as well as pieces from the Isabella Blow Collection and the fashion house Givenchy.

Other key moments will include a red ballet dress from The Girl Who Lived in the Tree (Autumn/Winter 2008), a white feathered dress from The Horn of Plenty (Autumn/Winter 2009) and a near life size holographic image of Kate Moss in a gown of rippling organza, as seen in his Autumn/Winter 2006 show.

Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, has summed up the exhibition beautifully.

"Savage Beauty is a celebration of the most imaginative and talented designer of our time," she said. "Lee was a genius and a true visionary who pushed boundaries, challenged and inspired. He believed in creativity and innovation and his talent was limitless."

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Martin Roth, the director of the V&A added, "I am thrilled that this magnificent show is coming to London and feel passionately that the V&A is its natural home.

"Lee Alexander McQueen presented his work here during his lifetime and studied the Museum's wide-ranging public collections of tailoring, painting, art, photography and books as inspiration for his visionary designs, yet remained vigorously anti-establishment and a true provocateur."

For a taste of what's in store, look back through highlights from the New York show below:

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