Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, radical and provocative designers of his generation. His untimely death by suicide is a big loss to the fashion industry. An exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York is being organized to honor the compelling, disturbing and brilliant work of Alexander McQueen. The exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” will be launched at the annual Costume Institute Benefit Gala, known as the Met Ball, on May 2nd, and will be open to the public from May 4th to July 31st.
The exhibition will provide an opportunity, for the first time, to see all of McQueen’s work as a designer and couturier at one place. His first collection made at Central St Martins College of Art and his last which was shown posthumously in Paris, will both be part of the exhibition. His entire work over two decades has been brought out in the form of a 240 page catalogue. Susannah Frankel, the fashion editor of The Independent has written the introduction. The catalogue also contains an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton who has succeeded the designer as the creative director of the label.
Alexander McQueen was awarded the British Designer of the Year award four times and was declared the International Designer of the Year in 2003 by Council of Fashion Designers of America. Andrew Bolton is the man behind the exhibition and has collected clothing and accessories from private collections and archives, as well as a significant number of designs from the late Isabella Blow’s personal collection, which was bought by Daphne Guinness. The exhibition will bring out the savage beauty of the work done by Alexander McQueen.