The exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at MET, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, 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 features approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. 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, served as the exhibition’s creative director and production designer, respectively. All head treatments and masks are designed by Guido.
The exhibition will be on display until July 31th, 2011.
Located in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, second floor, the exhibition is free with Museum admission. Check metmuseum.org for Museum hours, directions, and admission information.