A collection of wonders from across the world and beyond, the cabinet of curiosities celebrated the esoteric, and literally extraordinary, objects that seemed to defy nature. With its roots in the 16th century Wunderkammer, the cabinet of curiosity has long fascinated artists and thinkers of all kinds. In placing these enigmatic objects alongside others that diverge from the norm, collectors attempted to make sense of the world around them – a philosophical endeavour that led to the first public museums. It’s an arrangement that could also apply to McQueen’s juxtapositions of images from art, film, nature, history and ethnography on his mood boards. In Savage Beauty, the Cabinet of Curiosities showcased the breadth of McQueen’s inspirations, and the atavistic and fetishistic objets d’art made in collaboration with milliners, jewellers and scenographers, exclusively for the catwalk.
"LET ME NOT FORGET THE USE OF MY OWN HANDS, THAT OF A CRAFTSMAN WITH EYES... THAT REFLECT THE TECHNOLOGY AROUND ME" LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
"Beauty can come from the strangest of places, even the most digusting of places"Lee Alexander McQueen
"It’s the ugly things I notice more, because other people tend to ignore the ugly things"Lee Alexander McQueen
"It needs to connect to the earth. Things that are processed and reprocessed lose their substance."Lee Alexander McQueen
"the finale of this collection was inspired by an installation by artist rebecca horn of two shotguns firing blood-red paint at each other" LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
"When I used Aimee [Mullins] for [this collection] I made a point of not putting her in… sprinting legs [prostheses for running]. We did try them on but I thought no, that’s not the point of the exercise. The point is that she was to mould in with the rest of the girls" LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN