Rumours that it’s impossible to get into ‘Savage Beauty’, the V&A’s Alexander McQueen exhibition, have been greatly exaggerated. Katie Rosseinsky knows how to get you in.
It’s the exhibition the fashion world has been waiting for. Savage Beauty, the stunning McQueen retrospective which debuted at the Met museum in New York in 2011, finally opens to the public this week. So anticipated is the show, that the V&A sold 30,000 advance tickets in a record-breaking time – and it’s widely reported that the first five weekends are completely sold out. Think you’ve got no chance of getting in? It ain’t necessarily so…
Don’t believe the hype
The V&A’s decision to release over 50,000 extra tickets and extend the run for two weeks means they’re still available to buy. Book your slot online beforehand – weekends might be a no-go, but there’s decent availability on weekdays from April onwards. Pop in before work on April 27 and May 11, when the show will be open from 8am. And if you’d like to go before then…
Buy at the last minute
Slackers rejoice! One of the easiest ways to get a ticket is to just turn up early on the day you want to go. Two hundred tickets will be available each day from 10am, to be sold on the door on a firstcome- first-served basis. Get ready to queue – armadillo shoes not advised.
Become a member
A year’s V&A membership will cost you £64, or £35 for those under 26, and guarantees free, unlimited entry to the exhibition – no booking required. You might have to wait a little during peak periods, but when you can do so in the comfort of the rather swish Member’s Room, who’s complaining? Sign up online at www.vam.ac.uk/membership.
Hit the Tate
Timing nicely with Savage Beauty, Tate Britain’s ‘Working Process‘ tracks the development of the ‘Horn of Plenty’ collection, as charted by photographer Nick Waplington in 2009. Candid, behind-the-scenes shots are juxtaposed with images of landfill and recycling, apt given the collection’s context – intended as a retrospective, and taking place on a towering rubbish tip composed of sets from shows past. A raw, unpolished companion piece to the theatricality of ‘Savage Beauty’. Tate Britain, Level 2 Galleries, Millbank, SW1 4RG. Tue Mar 10-May 17. 10am-6pm. £16, £14 concessions, under-12s free.
Or hit the Proud
Proud Chelsea plays host to ‘McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows by Gary Wallis.’ This collection of previously unseen snaps charts McQueen’s first forays into visceral catwalk theatre, from the gothic vision of his MA collection to the legendary ‘Highland Rape’ show. Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Rd, SW3 5XP. Sun Apr 5. 10am-7pm. Free.