Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum

May 4, 2011 by

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Oh, now would be a wonderful time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Costume Institute is celebrating Alexander McQueen’s genius with an exhibit called Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which will feature about 100 of his creations on display. The designs are from his postgraduate collection to his last runway show, which took place post-posthumously, and includes signature designs like the McQueen tartan from the Highland Rape collection, the origami coat, and the claw heels. I know that the Alexander McQueen dresses featured in this exhibit aren’t exactly wedding dresses, but the pieces on display are such a rich source of inspiration, especially if you love dramatic silhouettes and believe firmly in the philosophy that “more is more.” Let’s pretend we’re in New York right now, viewing the legendary gowns by Alexander McQueen.

An ensemble from his spring/summer 2001 Voss collection. What I would give to see that intricate embroidery up close.

A lush garden dress from the spring/summer 2007 collection. Most people associate Alexander McQueen with dark edgy designs, but he can be quite the romantic too.

I would totally wear this dress from the autumn/winter 2010 collection. Look at those crazy gloves!

This dress from the spring/summer 1999 collection is another favorite.

Widows of Culloden from the autumn/winter 2006 collection is the most wedding dress-like of all the gowns.

The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit will run from May 4, 2011–July 31, 2011 at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor. If you will be in New York during those days, I highly recommend that you take the time to check it out.

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