Friday, November 12, 2010

The Costume Institute to exhibit McQueen's work

Fans of Alexander McQueen will now be able to see his work up-close, thanks to a new exhibition dedicated to the late designer.

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will stage "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" next spring. It will feature McQueen's work over a course of almost two decades, beginning with his graduate collection at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and ending with his final collection before the designer took his own life in February.

“After McQueen’s death, we wanted to stage an exhibition to celebrate his legacy in fashion history and his contributions to fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, who is spearheading this exhibit, with the support of curator in charge Harold Koda. “McQueen had such a singular voice and he was a remarkable technician.

“He really was one of the most provocative voices of the past 30 years in fashion,” Bolton added. “His catwalk presentations were outstanding and straddle art and fashion. We want to get across two elements — the spectacle of the runway presentations and the beauty of his craftsmanship.”

The show will feature roughly 100 pieces, including borrowed pieces from personal collections, including that of the late Isabella Blow, and Daphne Guinness.
The exhibit will launch with the annual Costume Institute Benefit gala on May 2, and will run from May 4 to July 31.

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