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McQueen's fashion legacy appraised


Alexander McQueen's work has been honoured with a viewing

Alexander McQueen's work has been honoured with a viewing

Alexander McQueen's work has been honoured with a viewing

The life of fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been celebrated with a star-studded private viewing of his work.

TV personality Jodie Kidd, presenter Graham Norton and Made In Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh were among the stars who paid their respects to McQueen at the V&A museum in London on Monday.

They were joined by the model Olivia Inge, who is a descendant of William Gladstone.

She said: "I want to see the exhibition as many times as I can, and the highlight...is going to be seeing myself in the collection.

"In this exhibition you are taken into McQueen's world, and when you're in there, the whole world doesn't actually exist.

"It's an emotional journey through the chronology of his work and how they've done it is quite beautiful, it's a wonderful experience."

The Savage Beauty exhibition is presented in a series of 10 rooms devoted to different stages of McQueen's work.

McQueen, who was known as Lee to friends and family, was the son of a London taxi driver and left school at 16 but quickly rose through the fashion industry to become one of the world's leading designers.

He was aged 40 when he killed himself the day before his mother's funeral after struggling with depression.

The fashion house that bears his name remains hugely influential and the Duchess of Cambridge's intricately decorated wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

Martin Roth, director of the V&A, said: "I am thrilled that this magnificent show has come 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."

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