Alexander McQueen was a revolutionary fashion designer who captured the minds of many both famous and ordinary people. Since his passing in 2010 there have been many tributes to him including the Savage Beauty exhibition featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and at London’s V&A museum as well as various celebrities celebrating his life such as Lady Gaga and Bjork. The latest tribute to the late genius is James Phillips masterpiece of a play entitled “McQueen” at Theatre Royal Haymarket..
The story encompasses the twists and turns through a mysterious night when Alexander (played by Stephen Wight) finds a young American girl named Dahlia (played by Carly Bawden) in his basement who came to him for a dress. Without spoiling the ending, the two then spend the night together learning about each other creating the perfect dress for Dahlia and in doing so-finding inspiration for McQueen’s next show.
The play holds a great deal of intensity and it is a beautifully written and performed piece. Words can not do this performance justice as each moment was so exquisitely executed.
The play ran from the 19th August-17th October and premiered in St James’s Theatre with Dianna Argon playing Dahlia. Reviews of the piece have gleamed with praise and positivity including Holly Williams of The Independent describing it as “suitably fabulous” as well as Dominic Maxwell of The Times stating “ Christopher Marney’s choreography is sensual and menacing.
David Farley’s design elegant and evocative”
An outstanding tribute to an outstanding man.