Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Image: Inside, 2000 © Ann Ray / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Just in case you didn't already know (but of course you did unless you've been living under a rock), the V&A is set to open its major exhibition 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty', in London this month.

As part of the display, the museum has acquired 13 photographs by visual artist and storyteller Anne Ray (also known as Anne Deniau), from a beautifully extraordinary body of work described by the late designer himself, as ‘my life in pictures’. 

Image: Unfallen Angels II, 2009 © Ann Ray / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

McQueen and Ray forged a close creative bond between 1997 and 2010, unveiling a unique and seductive collaboration which gave the public a look into the designer's world, both in the studio and behind-the-scenes at catwalk shows - access granted to Ray alone with ‘no guidelines’. 

From frenetic pre-show activity, to the intensity of preparations for each all-encompassing spectacle which built anticipation season after season, and portraits of the designer in private moments - Ray shot approximately 35,000 photographs, all on film.

Some of those now iconic images are available to view by appointment in the V&A’s Prints and Drawings Study Room, while the full McQueen retrospective opens at the V&A on 14 March 2015, with a press preview on Thursday 12 March. 

For more info, head HERE.



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