Is Alexander McQueen retrospective coming to London?

By Chris Wilson

Following a record-breaking run at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty retrospective looks like its heading to London.

Almost 18 months after his death, McQueen is the subject of an online petition which hopes to bring the exhibition, which celebrates the designer’s life and work, to the capital.

More than 2,000 names have been added to the petition, started by Grazia magazine’s fashion editor at large Melanie Rickey, and now McQueen’s representatives are in talks with museums and venues about hosting the show.

“Alexander McQueen appreciates the huge amount of interest the public has shown towards the Savage Beauty exhibition,” reads a statement from the McQueen camp.

“We have been in discussion with a number of major venues in London for some time now however nothing has been finalised. Please be assured that an official announcement will be made the moment we confirm our plans for London.”

Since it opened at the Met’s Costume Institute in May, Savage Beauty has attracted over 650,000 visitors making it the museum’s most visited fashion exhibition to date. It’s likely given McQueen’s popularity in his native UK that a repeat of the show in London would prove just as popular.

Here’s hoping it arrives on these shores soon.

Image from the New York Met Museum’s blog

  • Selena Marie Norris

    It is wonderful to see that the McQueen camp is supporting the
    exhibition to travel, beginning with London. It should be noted that
    there was already a petition circulating to bring Savage Beauty on a
    worldwide tour. Certainly the option of having this travel to other
    cities can’t be far behind although like in this case it’s certain that
    they cannot disclose anything yet until plans are confirmed.Furthermore, in recent news there has been talk of London being the next top fashion city of the world. While the exhibition should undoubtedly be brought to London, it would be equally if not more beneficial to take the exhibition on a worldwide tour. Sharing the beauty that started in London is what has continued London’s return to fame as the top fashion city of the world. An infographic recently posted at says 65% of all social media in the past month
    related to the royal wedding has come from the US… more proof that a
    US and world-wide Alexander McQueen tour would be beneficial to London.

    demonstrate your support to have this exhibition travel, please sign
    this petition: