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How to get a behind-the-scenes look at the new McQueen collection

An installation in the brand’s new London flagship gives unprecedented access into designer Sarah Burton’s inspirations and design process

While the house of Alexander McQueen has always acted as a constant source of information for design students around the world – particularly in London – the British house, led by designer Sarah Burton, is taking its efforts to prepare the talents of the future one step further. 

Moving from its smaller location just across the road, the fashion house is now open and operating in a larger space at 27 Old Bond Street. While all the menswear and womenswear is on display on the ground and first floor, it’s the space on the second floor that is the most exciting.

Part exhibition, part archive, the floor gives unprecedented access into the inspirations and overall design process of each collection. A curation of toiles, fitting images, paper doll versions sit alongside the finished looks, while archive looks from collections like VOSS and It’s Only a Game also appear.

While the space is open to anyone who wishes to view it, design students from the city are being given even more of an opportunity to learn about the legacy of the house through talks hosted by Burton. The most recent saw the designer in conversation with journalist Sarah Mower, talking about working with Lee McQueen, some of his most iconic pieces, and how they inform her collections today.

Throughout the year, the space will continue to act as a platform for inspiring and educating the city’s burgeoning fashion talents and more so keep an eye out for more information.