New York's Metropolitan Museum has organized an extraordinary exhibition titled Savage Beauty to celebrate the late Alexander McQueen's extraordinary contributions to fashion and glamour.
Curated by Andrew Bolton with the support of Harold Koda, the exhibition features the designer's famous collections and is exhibited at the MET's Costume Institute till August 7, 2011. This includes the designer's 1992 Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection and his final runway presentation that took place after his death in February 2010.
I think the title Savage Beauty very much epitomizes the contrasting opposites in McQueen's work, states Bolton about the uniqueness of the exhibition.
The first gallery, called the Romantic Mind, is inspired by McQueen's first atelier in Hoxton Square, where McQueen established his house. Romantic Gothic, on the other hand, dwells on the darker side of the nineteenth century, of Victorianism. Many of the creations exhibited are inspired by the cult of death, and it's also peopled with characters associated with the literary concept of the Gothic, like vampires, highwaymen, antiheroes, or Byronic heroes.
However, the heart and soul of the exhibition is said to be the Cabinet of Curiosities where all the major themes confronted throughout the exhibition are present in this particular gallery.
In Romantic Nationalism, the surface treatment is marquetry that is designed to reflect McQueen tartan while in Romantic Exoticism; mirrors were used to give an idea of infinity.
Other galleries and sectors included within the exhibition are Romantic Primitivism, Romantic Naturalism and Plato's Atlantis.
Get a glimpse of some of the unique exhibits and creations below: