Legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen will be the featured artist this spring at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition will run May 4 through July 31, 2011. It will be preceded by the annual Costume Institute Gala Benefit on May 2. Honorary chairs for the gala are François-Henri Pinault, of Gucci Group, which owns the McQueen brand, and his wife, Salma Hayek. Co-chairs include Colin Firth, Stella McCartney and Anna Wintour.
The exhibition, titled “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, will celebrate McQueen’s early work from his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection in 1992 to his work at Givenchy, and to his final runway show, which took place after his death this past February.
“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,” Andrew Bolton, the Curator of The Costume Institute, said in a press statement. “His fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination. He was a true romantic in the Byronic sense of the word–he channeled the sublime.”
Pieces will be borrowed from the McQueen London archive, the Givenchy archives in Paris and several personal collections.
McQueen’s collections easily blurred the line between fashion and art – we can’t think of a better way to pay homage to the late designer.
Watch the Alexander McQueen holographic fashion show.