I've been away and back, and away and back again. But now I'm home and so today I went to the V&A to the the Members' Preview of the Alexander McQueen 'Savage Beauty' exhibition.
I was expecting it to be packed, but it wasn't nearly as busy as I'd expected. Maybe because for the first time (well, since I was a member) you had to book timed slots for the members preview. Anyway, I went in at 11.30 and didn't come out until about 2pm, there was so much to see.
My favourite dresses were from the 'Widows of Culloden' collection, Autumn/Winter 2006, with lots of tartan, black lace and tulle. This is just one from the collection.
I also loved this from the 'Angels and Demons' collection, but not sure I'd ever have the occasion, let alone the ability, to pull off embroidered silk tulle and painted goose feathers.
I don't think I've ever been so moved, or excited, or inspired by an exhibition. I can only echo the sentiments that I heard several times today - 'What a sad loss of talent'.
It really was spectacular, and if you have the slightest interest in fashion or textiles, or even if you don't, I urge you to go and see the exhibition for yourself - it's on until 2nd August.
I've already booked my next visit.
Alexander - Charlotte Hatherley