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


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 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. 

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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



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