A retrospective should only be held once its star is old or dead. Sadly, the latter applies to Alexander McQueen. Yet, despite his young age, the retrospective of his life provides a vast view of innovation and unmistakable talent.
The Metropolitan Museum in New York has dedicated an exhibition to him and present his most groundbreaking designs in ‘Savage Beauty’. A distinct title.
Alexander McQueen’s 19 year career left behind a unique fashion legacy. The museum celebrates this with 100 ensembles, from his degree show at Central Saint Martins College to his final catwalk presentation following his death in February 2010.
The exhibition includes pieces from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, as well as pieces from Givenchy, which the designer headed from 1996 – 2001. Pieces from private collections and special commission pieces will also be on display.
The exhibition also includes a cabinet of curiosities of the work of master milliner Philip Treacy and jeweller Shaun Leane, who both worked with the designer on the long-term. A separate room is dedicated to screening the highlights of his catwalk presentations, as captured on video.
The exhibition will be opened on the 2nd of May by honorary chairman François-Henri Pinault, head of the Gucci Group, which also owns the Alexander McQueen brand.
He will joined by his wife Salma Hayek, as well as co-chairman and recent Academy Award winner Colin Firth, designer Stella McCartney and fashion expert Anna Wintour. There will of course be countless other celebrities also in attendance.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda, and can already be pre-ordered from the publisher.
Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty
4. May – 31. July 2011
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street