[ Source: MET MUSEUM ]

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat will be on view. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.

The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, curator, with the support of Harold Koda, curator in charge, both of The Costume Institute. Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett, the production designers for Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows, will serve as the exhibition’s creative director and production designer, respectively. All head treatments and masks will be designed by Guido.

  • Anna Wintour

  • Andre Leon Talley

  • Gisele Bundchen

  • Karl Lagerfeld

  • Madonna

  • Naomi Campbell [ Above Photos by: Greasy Guide ]

2011 MET Ball in honor of Alexander McQueen. On May 4 - July 31, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum will unveil Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, an exhibition celebrating the late designer’s “extraordinary contributions to fashion.” Highlighting everything from his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection in 1992, which took place posthumously in February of this year.