Mum and I continued our Mother / Daughter culture weekend with an early morning trip to the V&A for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition. This exhibition originated in the Met, New York in 2011 and was so popular that it has since been moved to Europe. This showing in London will be the largest retrospective of the talented designer’s work ever in Europe.
The collection spans from his 1992 graduate collection up until his unfinished 2010 A/W collection. McQueen grew up in the East End of London to a taxi driver and left school at 15 to join an apprenticeship on Saville Row in Mayfair. You can see throughout many of his collections the skill that he learnt as a tailor and the inspiration that London had to offer.
It’s impressive to see the drama and theatrics throughout his creations, it’s also sad to see perhaps how dark his thoughts must have been. It was memorising seeing Kate Moss floating in the ghostly hologram from his 2006 in Paris, such incredible movement in the dress bringing it to life.
Seeing the towering heels makes you think how did the models walk in them, but they did add something very futuristic to his Plato’s Atlantis collection.
A highlight was the spray-painted dress from 1999 where two robots continue to spray a model’s dress as she rotates slowly to some powerful music.
What a genius and incredible exhibition if you get the chance to book tickets, members are able to book into the early morning slot before the rush.
Not wanting to leave Dad out we arranged to meet him for lunch at Social Eating House, yet another one from the brilliant Jason Atherton. This one is tucked away behind Oxford Street and has a much more informal feel although don’t be fooled the food is still incredible. They do a set menu which is great value at £25 for three splendid dishes.
We shared the white garlic soup, slow-cooked egg, ham hock, pea and mint. Beautiful presentation and incredibly tasty – right up Dad’s street as well.
Next starter was a beautiful salmon with beetroot quinoa, horseradish cream, refreshing although perhaps bit more horseradish then I normally enjoy but wonderful combinations.
Mains were a lamb shoulder, baby beetroot, onions, radish and pomme puree. Very tender meat which was very appropriate considering it was Easter weekend.
The star of the mains in my opinion was the cornish hake, edamame, shiitake, soy and ginger, light dish with flavours bursting throughout.
We couldn’t decide on puddings so ordered two, Mum’s choice being buttermilk pannacotta, rhubarb, ginger nut ice cream and almond caramel. As you can imagine the pannacotta was cooked to perfection but not actually a dessert I’d normally choose.
Instead I had the toast parfait, dehydrated grapes and peanut ice cream. Gorgeous mixture and surprisingly light with the parfait so not at all overly rich.
It was a gorgeous meal and yet again Jason Atherton has hit the nail on the head and will be venturing down there again soon.
Thanks family for the wonderful company and here’s to our next bank holiday of fun!