When the late Alexander McQueen was preparing his 2009 Autumn/Winter collection, he gave the artist Nick Waplington unique access. The collection, Horn of Plenty, would turn out to be McQueen’s last. Now, five years after the designer’s death, their collaboration will form a major exhibition at Tate Britain. Waplington’s photographs are uncompromising, showing the intensity of McQueen’s creative process: breaking the rules, re-creating a new collection from remnants of his past shows. He used old parts of sets, fabrics from earlier collections, silhouettes from before… This exhibition reveals how McQueen’s ideas were radical. As radical as the contrast in his final beautiful creations, and Waplington’s pictures of landfills and recycling plants. Fascinating and poignant.

10th March – 17 May 2015; Tate Britain tate.org.uk

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