Inside the beautiful new Alexander McQueen exhibition, Roses

Sarah Burton pays tribute to the symbolism of flowers in a romantic new Alexander McQueen exhibition, ‘Roses’. Situated on the third floor of the fashion house’s Old Bond Street boutique, the installation features a selection of pieces inspired by the form and energy of flowers, spanning more than a decade of design – from Lee McQueen’s spring/summer 2007 ‘Sarabande’ show, to Burton’s most recent spring/summer 2020 collection. A celebration and exploration of the brand’s inimitable craftsmanship, visitors are invited to pick up the label on each mannequin to discover the composition of that particular dress, while pictures of sketches, background research and previous iterations of each design adorn the walls. Encouraging interaction from visitors, a cutting table features samples of in-progress work, while fabric swatches hang from rails and videos demonstrate the construction of pieces inside the atelier.

The ‘Roses’ exhibition is on now at the Alexander McQueen 27 Old Bond Street store; read on for an exclusive preview.

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Spring/summer 2007

Left: Flower dress in washed frayed silk hand-dyed ombré petals in tea rose, calico, powder pink, nude and burgundy.

Right: Hand-dyed silk tulle finely ruched and delicately draped over a nude boned tulle corset with a cloud-like tiered skirt in shades of mauve, lilac and violet.

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