The eagerly anticipated Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition opens at the V&A on Saturday and already the outstanding reviews are pouring in. So it’s no wonder, in anticipation of this exhibition, Alexander McQueen’s legacy is trending around London.

On the King’s Road Proud Galleries’ exhibition, McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary Wallis, gives an intimate look at the fashion designer, a peek behind the scenes of his early shows and a look at those who were close to him.

Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary Wallis

The intimacy of the photographs reflect the close relationship between the photographer and fashion designer: Gary Wallis first met Alexander McQueen when they were both studying at Central Saint Martins.Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary Wallis

And in the space of three short years, McQueen climbed the ranks of the fashion industry. His greatest champion was Isabella Blow who also became his muse. Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary WallisWallis’s collaboration with McQueen spanned these years and Proud Galleries’ exhibition gives you a “personal insight into the lawless and irreverent life of Alexander McQueen, celebrating a rare moment in time, as this young Londoner became the rebel king of British fashion, pushing the boundaries of convention and reinventing the catwalk, unleashing shock and awe onto the fashion elite.”

Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary WallisThe photographs are beautiful to look and at times haunting. The exhibition also coincides with the launch Garry Wallis’s book, something every McQueen fan must look through.Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary WallisProud Chelsea, 161 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5XP.

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Punk has many definitions but when it comes to music, it is more akin to “a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s.” Politically, it is associated with anarchy; a rebellion against the establishment. So I’m not sure I would describe Debbie Harry or her music with her band, Blondie, as punk. Unless I’m missing something?

For example, the 1979 hit Heart of Glass seems to be more akin to a disco/pop track emerging from a nightclub in New York, as part of the American New Wave music scene.

Heart of Glass

Not to mention that in Rapture, Debbie Harry starts to rap halfway through this 1981 hit which sounds more like hip hop or should I say hip pop.

Rapture

But when you look at Debbie Harry’s style and make-up from the 70s and 80s, you could see how she would fit in with the King’s Road punk scene. Her edgy yet sultry look defined Debbie Harry as an icon of her time. And Brian Aris’s collection of photographs for Proud Chelsea’s latest exhibition manages to show us exactly why.

Until 17th February 2013, Proud Chelsea will be exhibiting stills from Aris’s personal archive that include shots from the video shoot of “Island of Lost Souls” on the Scilly Isles as well as sittings in London and New York. These photographs have never been seen before and they are stunning.

bie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian Aris

 

bie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian ArisSo whether you are a Debbie Harry fan or are looking to appreciate the photos of a style icon, I know you’ll enjoy this exhibition: ‘Debbie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian Aris.’

Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Rd, London, Greater London SW3 5XP

1. Renowned film director Mike Figgis will be signing copies of  his photo book ‘The 4 Dreams of Miss X’ on 25 June from 12-1pm, at The Little Black Gallery.

MIKE FIGGIS: Kate & Other Women exhibition will run from 22 June – 30 July 2011.

2. The fabulous My Fair Lady on The Bluebird forecourt on Monday 20th June with popcorn and a glass of rosé. More details.

And perhaps pop into Proud Chelsea beforehand to check out The Audrey Collection by Bob Willoughby.

3. Enjoy the Wimbledon tournament at Picasso. Matches will be shown on a projection screen. Strawberries and cream will be on offer as well as Pimms and their new Wimbledon Smash Cocktail!

4. The Penny Black Restaurant will also be celebrating Wimbledon with a Strawberry themed menu.

5. If you’re a budding fashionista or  fancy ramping up your sewing skills to conjur up a mini skirt or other fab summer items, take a look at Saturday Sewing Session‘s June calendar. Lots on offer!

And to everyone going to Polo in the Park this weekend. Have an amazing time!