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 2020

Right: A hand-pleated, hand-cut, spiked flower dress in dégradé flax flower blue silk gauze organza recalls the pleated and shredded organza pieces from AW12. The flax flower is violet blue in colour, ephemeral – in bloom for only hours.

Left: A toile for the hand-pleated, hand-cut, spiked flower dress.

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