Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty


 A little about the exhibition as presented in the official website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org)

"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."

To cut a long story short, this is an exhibition meant to honour Alexander McQueen, the talented British designer, whose loss not only shocked the fashion world, but it also left everyone feeling like an amazingly gifted person, a unique, iconic designer was lost, too early.

For those interested the exhibition will be open from May 4th to July 31st. For more info on the exhibit please visit metmuseum.org .

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