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First Look at the Met's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit

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Now that the Met Ball, the Metropolitan Museum's annual Costume Institute Gala has concluded, let's get back to the good stuff. The actual retrospective on 100 of Alexander McQueen's stunning creations plus 70 accessories from almost two decades in the fashion industry. The exhibit covers everything from his thesis collection at Central Saint Martins in 1992 to his final collection for the Fall 2010 season. The exhibit opens tomorrow, May 4 and is on view through July 31.

Andrew Bolton curated the exhibit and said, "Alexander McQueen was best known for his astonishing and extravagant runway presentations, which were given dramatic scenarios and narrative structures that suggested avant-garde installation and performance art. His fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination. He was a true romantic in the Byronic sense of the word—he channeled the sublime."

"Alexander McQueen's iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. This landmark exhibition continues the Museum’s tradition of celebrating designers who changed the course of history and culture by creating new possibilities," said Thomas Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. -Benjamin Liong Setiawan

Check out this video taken at the exhibit of Kate Moss as a hologram from the Autumn/Winter 2006 Alexander McQueen show.

· Metropolitan Museum of Art [Official Site]
· Alexander McQueen [Official Site]
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