>> This petition should have really started as soon as the announcement was made that the Metropolitan Museum of Art was to stage the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition. Since then of course, the stories of extended opening hours and record number of visitors (over 600,000) have only served to rub some of our non-New York travelling noses (I very nearly bought an air ticket purely to see it…) in the fact that most Europe-based Alexander McQueen fans (or just fashion fans in general) will never get a chance to see it. There are as yet no plans for the exhibition to tour the world. Business of Fashion has quite rightly added impetus that it should.
Right now though, I, like many Londoners/Brits just want it to come home. I did think the Met was a highly prestigious venue to hold the exhibition and of course it has undoubtedly opened up McQueen's world and work to a whole new audience. I don't begrudge the initial exhibition starting in New York at all. It would however be a crying shame if it never makes it to London, the birthplace, home and workplace of Alexander McQueen and ultimately the city that galvanised and inspired a lot of his work.
Well, here's your chance to hopefully change that. The wonderful Melanie Rickey aka Fash Ed at Large has started a petition to #BringMcQueenExhibitionHome – that's a somewhat long hashtag there to use if you're want to bleet/Tweet about it. Rickey has already gotten word from the V&A that they'd be well up for housing the exhibition should the powers that be want to loan out the pieces to make it happen. Let's try and grossly multiply the figure shall we?