Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  • Victoria And Albert Museum, London, 2015

Savage Beauty at The V&A exhibits the work and influences of Alexander McQueen and has received wide critical acclaim for exhibiting his vision and creativity. Having worked on a number of McQueen shows and the earlier version of the exhibition at The Met in New York, Dick Straker was the projection consultant for this exhibition. Dick also re-created his work for the Pepper’s Ghost finale in the 2006 AW show featuring the projection of Kate Moss. For Savage Beauty Dick has also overseen other projection elements including the Cabinet of Curiosities, Primitivism and Voss sections of the show.

The heart of this show are two rooms in the middle, the Cabinet of Curiosities and Pepper’s Ghost. Pepper’s Ghost recreates the finale to the Widows of Culloden collection. It is an illusion, in which a fairy-sized vision of Kate Moss is conjured up out of thin air by a Victorian technique using projectors and mirrors, which at the time tricked viewers into believing they were seeing ghosts. It is especially poignant now, as a reminder of the other character who is here but not here: that of McQueen himself.
Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian.