Today, I was invited to view the preview of ‘Roses’ at Alexander McQueen, in which Sarah Burton gives us open access to an installation on a dedicated floor of the Bond Street store in London with a guided tour that is available to every visitor, in a bid to share the history and skills of the house.
I had an interesting conversation with my guide.
She informed me that one of the aims of this installation was to inspire a whole new generation of students who wish to learn the art of creating the pieces that were on display.
I learned about the techniques that the design team used to create looks, and the effort in which they went to create the perfect bee for the Spring 2013 collection.
How they sourced a specific shade of blue-violet colour from a field of flowers in Ireland which only bloom for an few hours.
And how the Spring 2007 finale dress which was made from real flowers, has been preserved by replacing the majority of the flowers with imitation blooms to keep the dress alive, as you can see below.
If you are unable to go to the exhibition, which opens on Saturday, November 30 at 27 Bond Street in London, you can see my guided tour on my Instagram Stories under Press Preview.
Credit: Tim Beddow