Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The V&A to host two Savage Beauty all-nighter weekends

9._Duck_feather_dress_The_Horn_of_Plenty_AW_2009-10._Model_-_Magdalena_Frackowiak_represented_by_dna_model_management_New_York.__Image_-_firstVIEW.jpg

Were you one of many who missed the opportunity to see the Victoria and Albert Museum’s blockbuster Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition?

Be not afeared - now’s your chance.

The museum has announced that it will be releasing 12,000 more tickets for the retrospective and opening throughout the night for the final two weekends of its run, to ‘accommodate unprecedented demand’.

Prior to today, advance tickets to the exhibition had sold out, although many visitors chose to join lengthy on-the-day queues. 

Savage beauty

Savage Beauty, V&A

So, if you fancy a 3am trip to see the exhibition, you can book tickets for any time from Friday 24th July until 22.00 on Sunday 26th July, or from Friday 31st July until final closing on Sunday 2nd August 23.00.

The exhibition was first shown at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2011, a year after Alexander McQueen’s death. It profiles the late designer's work, observing how his experience as a Saville Row tailor went on to form the grounding for a body of work that questioned and challenged the relationship between fashion, art and the body.

Lee

Lee Alexander McQueen by Ann Ray

During its time at the Met, the retrospective welcomed 661,509 visitors and became the museum’s most-viewed fashion exhibition of all time.

The V&A's Savage Beauty added to the Met's display with 60 additional garments, To prepare for the show, fashion curator, Claire Wilcox, was granted full access to Alexander McQueen Creative Director, Sarah Burton's, designer archives.

With 2015 marking five years since McQueen’s death, his home city of London has been emblazoned with skulls of memorial – from a James Phillips play based on his life, to a Nick Waplington photography exhibition at the Tate Britain, and of course, Savage Beauty.

Savage Beauty

Savage Beauty, V&A

The last few years have seen an increasing popularity of late night museum events, but all-nighters are a rarer breed. Last year saw the Matisse Cut-outs exhibition at the Tate Modern open for 36 hours on the final weekend to meet demand. 

Plato’s Atlantis, S/S 2010

Plato’s Atlantis, S/S 2010

If you want to get your hands on a pair of tickets, you can book here - and we strongly suggest you do.

Words: Harriet Hall

Images: Victoria and Albert Museum

Related

rexfeatures_1544313a.jpg

The surprising inspirations behind Clueless' most iconic fashions

beyonce.jpg

Carolina Herrera speaks out against naked dress trend

Audrey Hepburn how to steal a million.jpg

Rarely seen photographs of Audrey Hepburn unveiled in new London show

minimal-tendencies-28.jpg

50 unique and beautiful ear piercing ideas

meat.JPG

The UK's top restaurants of 2015 revealed

10.JPG

All the fashion highlights from Glastonbury festival

More

What is perspecticide and could it be happening in your relationship?

This form of coercive control is incredibly damaging

by Megan Murray
16 Oct 2017

5 of the best indulgent baking books

Take a moment for yourself and make yourself some sweet baked goodness

16 Oct 2017

Here’s why your NHS doctor may ask you about your sexuality

The new directive will start in 2019

by Susan Devaney
16 Oct 2017

UK police investigate 5 sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein

Including one brought by Hollyoaks actress Lysette Anthony

by Moya Crockett
16 Oct 2017

#WomenBoycottTwitter: Here’s why women are refusing to tweet today

How will women going silent help their cause?

by Kayleigh Dray
13 Oct 2017

Lucy Mangan on why it's OK to feel vulnerable in these dark times

It’s reasonable to feel shaken by horrific news stories – we just mustn’t let them change us permanently

by Lucy Mangan
12 Oct 2017

Here’s what to do if your work space is driving you to distraction

Do you function better amid the chatter of colleagues?

12 Oct 2017

7 female characters from 90s horror films to channel this Halloween

Here's all the inspiration you need for all Hallow's Eve

by Susan Devaney
12 Oct 2017