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.
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.
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. Wallis’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.”
The 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, 161 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5XP.
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.
So 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