Thursday, February 24, 2011

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen's extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. Approximately one hundred examples will be on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, May 4 - July 31, 2011.

"McQueen's work fits easily in the discourse of art. He can be considered no less than a great artist," said Thomas Campbell, director of the museum.

All the images below are from the exhibition catalogue Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011.

Courtesy of Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)
Dress, F/W 2010

Dress, F/W 2010

Ensemble, VOSS, S/S 2001

Dress, VOSS, S/S 2001

Dress, The Horn of Plenty, F/W 2009-10

Dress, No. 13, S/S 1999

Dress, Irere, S/S 2003

Dress, Sarabande, S/S 2007

Ensemble, Plato's Atlantis, S/S 2010

Dress, F/W 2010-11

Ensemble, It's a Jungle Out There, F/W 1997-98

Dress, Widows of Culloden, F/W 2006-07

Photography by Solve Sundsbo


  1. Savage Beauty, yes. So painful to know that with all people and attention was not enough for a full, long life; we can't see who is hurt beyond their ability to live.

    Extraordinary talent and recognized so young, like Galliano and Marc Jacobs and YSL. Not the cliche years to get there.

    I think he was very loved by a few people.

    It's so sad that his clothes will live beyond him, the pain of dying young and abruptly.

    His clothes are breathtaking; at least he lived with a sense of beauty few can experience.

  2. So wonderful, I LOVE it. Have a nice day


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