Savage Beauty: the Alexander McQueen Retrospective at the Met

One year after fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s tragic death, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is celebrating McQueen’s amazing contributions to the world of fashion through a retrospective exhibit of his work.

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Andrew Bolton, curator at the Costume Institute describes McQueen’s work thusly: “Alexander McQueen was best known for his astonishing and extravagant runway presentations, which were given dramatic scenarios and narrative structures that suggested avant-garde installation and performance art. His fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination.”

Alexander McQueen at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of ArtGaga rocked this look in the Bad Romance video, and it will surely go down in fashion history as iconic Alexander McQueen. Amazing. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have an occasion to attend at which this would be an appropriate thing to wear?  Such are my dreams. Seeing it up close and personal at the retrospective is a close second, I suppose. Ultimate sadness that McQueen’s life and career were cut so short.

Savage Beauty opens May 4th, 2010 and runs through July 31st, 2010.
The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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