The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion.
The exhibition features approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat are on view. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.
In McQueen’s Words
“It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle—everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.”
Drapers, February 20, 2010
Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen
Ensemble, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, autumn/winter 2002–3
“Jellyfish” Ensemble, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010
« Ensemble, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, autumn/winter 2002–3
Dress, The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009–10
Dress, It’s Only a Game, spring/summer 2005
Ensemble, No. 13, spring/summer 1999
Metropolitan Museum New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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New York 10028-0198