The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has this week announced that it will be host to the highly anticipated retrospective of the late Alexander McQueen. Held in the gallery’s Costume Institute, the tribute show, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ will display the designer’s various collections of work from over the past two decades. The show promises to be a comprehensive celebration of McQueen’s collections, from his graduate pieces from Central Saint Martins, through to his London archived pieces, even including work from his time at Givenchy in Paris. The show ends with his final collection, the headline-grabbing Spring show which was unveiled weeks after the designers’ devastating death last February.
McQueen’s untimely death shocked the fashion world and the repercussions of the loss of such an up-and-coming talent made this tribute show inevitable. The exhibit, which opens on 4th May and is expected to run until the end of July, will also launch the annual Costume Institute Benefit gala, where François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek will serve as the evening’s honorary chairs, and Colin Firth, Stella McCartney and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour will be its co-chairs.
Visitors to the exhibition, which is sure to be the highlight of the fashion calendar, can look forward to, not only the 100 pieces from McQueen’s extensive body of work, but also personal pieces from private collections and a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, which will feature many outlandish accoutrements that McQueen created with longtime collaborators Philip Treacy and Shaun Leane. “It felt like the right thing to do,” said Jonathan Akeroyd, president and chief executive officer of Alexander McQueen, “Lee loved the museum. It will give us a great opportunity to show Lee’s work and the Alexander McQueen brand to a much broader community. It’s the greatest tribute and important for his legacy, but it’s also an exciting new chapter in the history of the brand.”