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Met to celebrate late designer Alexander McQueen

By Robin Givhan
From the fall 2010 Alexander McQueen collection. (Courtesy Of The Design House)

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the work of the late designer Alexander McQueen in its annual spring exhibition. The show, which will open May 4 and run through July 31, 2011 will be kicked off with the glamorous spectacle that has come to be known -- at least in fashion and New York social circles -- as the party of the year.

McQueen was known for his flamboyant and dramatic aesthetic, as well as keen tailoring expertise learned on Savile Row. He committed suicide in February of this year and his longtime assistant Sarah Burton took the creative reigns. She showed her first collection for the house last month in Paris.

The exhibition, titled "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" will explore the breadth of his work, from his early days as after graduation from Central Saint Martins to his work at Givenchy to his last eponymous collection, which was presented after his death. The exhibition will also examine McQueen's collaborations with milliner Philip Treacy, his fascination with gothic romance, his often brutal expressions of beauty and his soul-searching melancholy.

The gala will, as usual, be chaired by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, along with actor Colin Firth and designer Stella McCartney. Honorary chairs are Francois-Henri Pinault -- head of PPR, the French conglomerate which owns the McQueen brand -- and his wife, actress Salma Hayek.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Alexander McQueen company.

More on this story:

For Brioni and Ungaro, a fresh start, and for McQueen, a hope for rebirth (June 6, 2010)

British fashion designer Alexander McQueen found dead (February 12, 2010)

By Robin Givhan  | November 10, 2010; 11:09 AM ET
Categories:  Fashion, Robin Givhan  
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