This week I went to see the Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibition at The V&A in London.
It truly is the most enthralling, provocative and haunting retrospective. His legendary theatrics present in all his shows paired with the fusion of nature and history in his designs really is both innovatory and revolutionary.
In 2011 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was staged for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
I was approached by legendary photographer Solve Sundsbo to collaborate on “Savage Beauty”, the book which was published in conjunction with the exhibition. It turned out to be the biggest selling catalogue the museum had seen to date and it is still available now.
The concept was to shoot every piece that was exhibited on real life mannequins. The make up had to be non-invasive to the very delicate and priceless garments which was a feat in itself given there were feathers, bones and hand-crafted materials throughout.
Make up on the shoot days started at 5am to allow time for the make up to be layered, dried and then distressed.
I painted the details and mannequin like joints onto the girls once dressed and on set.
It was a shoot I was thrilled to be a part of and I will always treasure and feel proud of the book we made. I think it is a perfect time to share some very special backstage images now the exhibition is here in London.
Photographer: Solve Sundsbo