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Brief Published: 4 Mar 2015

Alexander McQueen: London Launches

Nick Waplington: Working Process

A new book launch and two capsule exhibitions will celebrate the London arrival of the V&A's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition on March 14 2015.

In early March, London’s Tate Britain art gallery explores the collaborative work of British artist Nick Waplington and the late, avant-garde British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Working Process looks at McQueen’s final Autumn/Winter 2009-10 collection Horn of Plenty, which is often described as an iconoclastic retrospective of his career. 

Waplington’s behind-the-scenes photographs are juxtaposed with images of recycling plants and landfills to explore ideas of destruction and creative renewal – both key themes drawn from the collection.

Meanwhile, British photographer Kent Baker’s new book Inferno: Alexander McQueen, published by Laurence King on March 30 2015, showcases the previously unseen backstage shots of McQueen’s seminal A/W 96-97 collection, Dante. A theatrical spectacle, the baroque show introduced his unique vision to the contemporary London fashion scene. 

The book launch will be supported by a small-scale exhibition at the Gallery at British bookshop Foyles on London’s Charing Cross Road (March 20 to May 3 2015), bringing a selection of Baker’s images to life. 

Advanced tickets for the first five weeks of Savage Beauty have already sold out, so we expect McQueen’s gothic, animalistic elegance to inspire multiple creative outlets over the coming year. The exhibition ends on August 2. For detailed coverage of its run in New York, see Savage Beauty: A Deep Dark Love Letter to Alexander McQueen.