mcqueen exhibit now at the met for a limited time only

Gallery View Title Gallery Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The death of legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen, a little over a year ago, came as a surprise to everyone, but fans can now enjoy the very best of his work for a limited time in an exclusive exhibition titled “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.

The exhibit, organized by The Costume Institute, showcases a plethora of McQueen’s famous works, from his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992, to his final show, which hit the runway after his shocking suicide in February 2010. Running from May 4 to Aug. 7, 2011, fans can gather to celebrate the late designer’s contributions to the fashion industry.

“Alexander McQueen’s iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a press release. “This landmark exhibition continues the Museum’s tradition of celebrating designers who changed the course of history and culture by creating new possibilities.”

Located in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor, the exhibition features 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from McQueen’s exciting 19-year career. Most of the clothing has been taken from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London and Givenchy Archive in Paris, however, some special pieces have been selected from private collections.

The designer was best known to play with avant-garde themes of exaggerated silhouettes, and dark, gothic beauty. His iconic 12-inch footwear, and unconventional use of materials, set him apart from any designer of his time.

The exhibit is separated into several galleries, titled “The Romantic Mind,” “Romantic Gothic,” “Romantic Nationalism,” “Romantic Exoticism,” “Romantic Primitivism,” and  “Romantic Naturalism,” all sharing a common thread of reflecting the designer’s fascination with gothic romanticism, historicism, and cultural inspirations. Within the galleries, pieces are grouped into six collections: Highland Rape (autumn/winter 1995-96), Number 13 (spring/ summer 1999), VOSS (spring/summer 2001), Irere (spring/summer 2003), Plato’s Atlantis (spring/summer 2010), and Angels and Demons (autumn/winter 2010-11).

Gallery View – The Romantic Mind Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There is also an area called “Cabinet of Curiosities,” which includes various ambiguous accessories, and displays video highlights from ten of McQueen’s runway shows, including Joan (autumn/winter 1998–99), What a Merry-Go-Round (autumn/winter 2001–02), and They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (spring/summer 2004).

“Alexander McQueen was best known for his astonishing and extravagant runway presentations, which were given dramatic scenarios and narrative structures that suggested avant-garde installation and performance art,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute, in a press release. “His fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination. He was a true romantic in the Byronic sense of the word – he channeled the sublime.”

Viewing the exhibit is free with Museum admission, however, to avoid long wait times, visitors can purchase timed tickets for $50, to view the exhibition on Met Mondays with McQueen, when the Museum is closed to the public.

Gallery View – Romantic Gothic Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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