Sunday, 5 April 2015

McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A

The most anticipated show of the year has finally arrived at London's Victoria and Albert Museum and it's a sold-out event for months ahead.
The much admired British designer who has not just influenced the club kid scene, but was also part of it (we met him first at Fiction back in 2001), is celebrated here with a large exhibition of his most notewordy creations, couture and audio-visual media alike. 

The exhibition is the first retrospective of McQueen's work in Europe, and has taken over three of the V&A's galleries with the selection chosen by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. Lee's body of work is arranged thematically, with areas focused on different notions of Romanticism – including gothic, primitivism, nationalism and naturalism.
A recording of McQueen's voice is played in the grey-coloured gallery, where examples of his tailoring and early collections are presented alongside footage of his first catwalk show from 1995. From there you enter the catacomb room, with bone-covered walls and mannequins set into alcoves and clothed in extravagant garments made from synthetic hair and feathers. An egg-shape pool above us is revealing a girl swimming inside. A "cabinet of curiosities" occupies a double-height space, with all four walls covered by niches filled with more than 100 garments and accessories – including collaborations with milliner Philip Treacy and jeweller Shaun Leane. In the centre, a dress that was spray-painted live by two robotic arms slowly rotates as the model did during its original '99 presentation. Another highight is the glass pyramid inside which the incredible hologram display of Kate Moss is played in its entirety, the amazing displays of his Voss and Horn Of Plenty collections. It's a walk down memory lane for many of us who remember these eponymous collections. His last collection naturally closes the show and leaves you kind of wanting more, which is meticulously achieved by a surpirse room - the gallery shop. It's full of cards, prints, little objects, accessories, scarves (for £360 plus) and plenty of other stuff, most of which perfectly unnecessary, beautifully arranged and somewhat inviting. It's a treat in which one should only indulge in modesty.
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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Steve Strange dies at 55, celebrities and friends lead tributes on Twitter in support.

12 FEBRUARY 2015
Tonight came the sad news that New Romantic Icon and Visage frontman Steve Strange has suffered a heart failure and died in his sleep in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where he was spending time since the beginning of the month.
Steve Strange was one of the first people in the late 70s who started the New Romantics  movement and encouraged extreme dressing-up as a form of self expression. He started a revolution in the London nightlife with his club Blitz in Covent Garden, where his strict door policy pushed people's creativity. The club was a hotspot for many young art students and musicians and drew the attention of the likes of Mick Jagger, David Bowie and was paramount for bands like  Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club who all got their start at the club before finding stardom. He started his own band, Visage, which he formed in 1979 and their breakthrough single Fade To Grey is to this day one of the most iconic themes of the New Romantic era.
Strange's agent, Pete Bassett, said that the singer would be remembered as a "hard-working, very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends". He added: "Up until last year he was putting together a book of fashion styles based on the New Romantic movement and it comes as a great shock. We understood that he had certain health problems but nothing we knew was life threatening. His friends and family are totally shocked, we had no idea anything like this was likely to happen. If you're out tonight, pour one out for one of the leading faces of British club culture.


He will be missed and remembered by many, evident from the immediate twitter response to the sad news: