Theatre review: McQueen @ St James Theatre
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★★☆☆☆ On one side of me sees a snake skin blazer, the other, a scent of Moet and a decorated Alexander McQueen wrist jingling with every slight movement. It seems as if Alexander McQueen is in vogue; the new black, to say. Five years after the iconic fashion designer’s suicide, the V+A are saturated in their Savage Beauty exhibition and now a new production by James Phillips. Having broken records for highest grossing advanced sales and a twitter handle plagued in complimentary and good luck messages, McQueen The Play was definitely a highly anticipated piece. The story blurs biography with fairy-tale, following Lee (Alexander) McQueen discovering onlooker Dahlia in his storehouse. Dahlia, played by Glee star Dianna Agron, forces Lee to make her a dress and become his muse for a collection; The Girl Who Lived in the Tree collection. Lee is played by Stephen Wight, an almost perfect casting and uncanny reference to our late McQueen. He manages to perfectly balance wit and comedy with melancholic passages. Wight impressively displays how Alexander split at the seams, sewed his heart and mind into his creations and perfectly The universally acknowledged understanding of what becomes to Lee a day before his mother’s funeral brings the tone of everything down a bit.
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