The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be exhibiting Alexander McQueen : Savage Beauty, opening to the public May 4. The exhibit will contain approximately 100 pieces, celebrating a retrospective of the late designer’s full career. If you don’t find yourself in New York City for the show, the accompanying book will be available for purchase.
According to the Met’s press release, the gallery will be divided into five showcases of recurring themes :
“The Savage Mind” which will examine his subversion of traditional tailoring and dressmaking practices through displacement and deconstruction.
“Romantic Gothic” will highlight McQueen’s narrative approach to fashion and illuminate his engagement with Romantic literary traditions such as death, decay, and darkness. It will also reveal the main characters of his collections, including emme fatales and anti-heroes such as pirates and highwaymen.
“Romantic Nationalism” will look at McQueen’s fascination with the distant past.
“Romantic Exoticism” will examine his focus on distant places.
“Romantic Primitivism” will explore McQueen’s engagement with the ideal of the “noble savage”.
Five of McQueen’s landmark collections that explore his engagement with the Romantic sublime and the dialects of beauty and horror will be interspersed among the galleries – Dante (autumn/winter 1996-97), Number 13 (spring/summer 1999), VOSS (spring/summer 2001), Irere (spring/summer 2003), and Plato’s Atlantis (spring/summer 2010). “Cabinet of Curiosities” will include various atavistic and fetishized objects often produced with milliner Philip Treacy and jeweler Shaun Leane, longtime collaborators of McQueen’s. A separate screening room will display videos of McQueen’s renowned runway presentations.
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