The Alexander McQueen Museum!

11 November 2010

Good news from across the Atlantic today: Alexander McQueen’s life’s work will be honoured with a retrospective at New York’s Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’ll take place next year, and will be called "Savage Beauty". It is aiming to show how the late designer ended up challenging so many of rules and preconceived notions of fashion, and how he carved out his niche as the "genius of a generation" as he is now remembered.   

Curator-in-charge Andrew Bolton, along with Harold Koda, said ‘After McQueen’s death, we wanted to stage an exhibition to celebrate his legacy in fashion history and his contributions to fashion. . . McQueen had such a singular voice and he was a remarkable technician [and] one of the most provocative voices of the past 30 years in fashion,” Bolton added. “His catwalk presentations were outstanding and straddle art and fashion. We want to get across two elements — the spectacle of the runway presentations and the beauty of his craftsmanship.”

Not only this, but the 2011 Met Ball (the Oscars of the FASHWAN world, natch) will honour the Brit designer. No more details have escaped yet – we imagine there will be some sharp elbowed celebrity stylists fighting over the brand’s archives to get the pieces they want for the night.

Which reminds us . . how on EARTH will the curators be able to whittle the outfits down from what must be one of the most incredible archives there is. Will they include all our favourites? Feathered bird outfits? The outsize monochrome houndstooth suits? That flowing rainbow evening gown? The full length flapper gown worn by a head-bandaged Erin O’Connor

Perhaps best of all, the curators are promising a "Cabinet of Curiosities” which will feature many outlandish accoutrements that McQueen created with longtime collaborators Philip Treacy (hats) and Shaun Leane (jewellery).

It seems silly to comment much further on what seems such an appropriate and well-deserved event. Any fashion fans dreaming of a holiday to the Big Apple should start looking at the flights between May 4th and July 31st!

- Naomi Attwood


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