via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 5.4-8.7.11

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrated the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion.

Long before his suicide last year at age 40, McQueen had been fashion’s dark horse: in many ways, he was always been seen as an outsider. A working-class Scottish boy from London, hailed as a genius and sometimes dismissed as a provocateur (at one early show, he pulled down his pants and mooned his audience), his runway shows were famous for their spectacle and artistry — whether McQueen sprayed his models with jets of paint or bandaged their heads and had them stumble around behind a two-way mirror. He was interested in fashion as a platform to explore questions of identity, commerce, and death.

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The exhibition was 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.


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