Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fashioning Self: Savage Beauty by Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
May 4, 2011 to July 31, 2011
Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York

Alexander McQueen couture (image via Museum Publicity)

Featuring five of McQueen’s landmark collections that explore his engagement with the Romantic sublime and the dialectics of beauty and horror, will be interspersed among the Met's second floor Cantor 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). 

Philip Treacy organically sculptural millinery

A “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.
Shaun Leane jewelry featured in the Met Museum's Anglomania Exhibition

The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, with the support of Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, both of the Met’s Costume Institute. Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett, the production designers for Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows, will serve as the exhibition’s creative consultants.

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