April 14, 2023 3 min read

Alexander McQueen is one of the most iconic designers of our time, known for his innovative designs and boundary-pushing fashion. The exhibition currently at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne offers a comprehensive look at his work, spanning his early days at Central Saint Martinsto his final collection before his untimely death in 2010. It's a testament to his creativity and unique vision, showcasing pieces that are both beautiful and haunting.

Alexander McQueen dress on display at the exhibition.

The exhibition is divided into several sections (here is a sensory map of the exhibition), each highlighting a different aspect of McQueen's work. The first section, "London," explores his early years in the fashion industry, where he quickly made a name for himself as an up-and-coming talent. From there, the exhibition moves on to "Savage Beauty," which features some of McQueen's most iconic and provocative pieces, including his famous skull scarf and the iconic "bumster" trousers that made headlines in the 1990s for their daringly low waistline. Another section of the exhibition focuses on McQueen's exploration of nature, with pieces inspired by the ocean, birds, and flowers. The exhibition also features a section on McQueen's collaborations, including his work with artist Shaun Leane and milliner Philip Treacy, both of whom played a significant role in shaping McQueen's signature aesthetic. Finally, the exhibition ends with a tribute to McQueen's legacy, featuring pieces from his final, unfinished collection, which was completed after his untimely death in 2010.

Alexander McQueen Dress - period style red and cream

Overall, the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at McQueen's innovative and groundbreaking work, showcasing his impact on the fashion industry and his lasting influence on contemporary design.

Alexander McQueen dress inspired by his Scottish heritage

One of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition is the way it explores McQueen's inspirations. Throughout his career, McQueen drew inspiration from a variety of sources, from the natural world to his Scottish heritage to his fascination with death and decay. For example, the "Cabinet of Curiosities" section features pieces inspired by insects and other creepy-crawlies, while the "Romantic Gothic" section showcases his love of Victorian-era fashion and literature.

At Dello Mano, we find it incredibly uplifting to seek out creativity and inspiration in other areas, such as fashion, art, and design. We believe that exposure to different forms of creativity can help us to push our own boundaries and come up with new and innovative ideas. Seeing the Alexander McQueen exhibition was a perfect example of this - it inspired us to think outside the box and to consider new ways of approaching our own creative endeavors. It reminds us to always look beyond the usual sources for inspiration, and to be open to exploring new and unexpected sources of inspiration.

This is particularly important for small businesses like ours as it is for individuals. When you're working with a small team and limited resources, or as many of us do these days, work on our own it can be easy to fall into a rut and stick with what you know. However, seeking out creative inspiration can help to break that cycle and keep things fresh and exciting. Whether it's attending an exhibition, reading a book, or simply taking a walk outside, finding new sources of inspiration can help to fuel our creativity and drive innovation.

Of course, it's not just about finding inspiration - it's also about putting that inspiration into action. At Dello Mano, we're always looking for ways to incorporate new ideas and creative approaches into our business. Whether it's experimenting with new flavors or creating unique packaging designs, we're constantly striving to push the boundaries of what we do and offer our customers something truly special.

 The Alexander McQueen exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is a must-see for anyone interested in fashion, design, or creativity in general. It's a fascinating look at the work of one of the most innovative designers of our time, and it's sure to inspire anyone who sees it. And for small businesses like ours, it's a reminder of the importance of seeking out creativity and inspiration in all its forms, and using that inspiration to fuel innovation and growth. 

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