While waiting to visit the V&A “Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty”, I went to see the “Nick Waplington / Alexander McQueen Working Progress” at the Tate Britain. Far from the glamour of the catwalk, this photographic exhibition takes us through the preparation of the 2009 “The Horn of Plenty!” fashion show. This one was very important for the designer and he expressively asked Waplington to photograph it. Indeed, it was to be a retrospective collection for which he wanted to revisit previous silhouettes and fabrics in order to re-interpret his work. The exhibition starts with bright rooms dressed with big format photographs alternating behind the scenes shots of the making of the collection and landfills pictures that resonate with the story of “The Horn of Plenty!”. It finally ends in apotheosis in a completely dark room full of lighted photographs of the fashion show backstage. I found the bold colours contrasting with overall darkness of this room really striking! I really liked how Waplington was able to capture the moments through his pictures. Never staged, these show hard work and the reality of the creation process.
If you want to know more about this exhibition on until de 17th of May 2015 and book your tickets, check the Tate Britain website here. You will find as well a great interview of Nick Waplington talking about his work and his collaboration with Alexander McQueen.
Have a nice day!