Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Curator Andrew Bolton discusses the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Organized by The Costume Institute, it celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s contributions to fashion—he challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. The show features approximately 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from McQueen’s 19-year career. “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” is on view through August 7.

AlexanderMcQueen (British,1969-2010) Dress, VOSS, spring/summer 2001
AlexanderMcQueen (British,1969-2010) Dress, VOSS, spring/summer 2001 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Ensemble, VOSS, spring/summer 2001
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Ensemble, VOSS, spring/summer 2001 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Alexander McQueen (British,1969-2010) Dress, The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009–10
Alexander McQueen (British,1969-2010) Dress, The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009–10 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, Irere, spring/summer 2003
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, Irere, spring/summer 2003 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, Sarabande, spring/summer 2007
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, Sarabande, spring/summer 2007 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Ensemble, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Ensemble, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, autumn/winter 2010
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, autumn/winter 2010 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Ensemble, Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Ensemble, Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7 ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce )
Gallery View Title Gallery
Gallery View Title Gallery ( Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art )
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