Mar 01, 2011 12:00AM

McQueen at The Met

The Met presents the definitive collection of McQueen's work.

Autumn Winter 2010

With memories still fresh and emotion running high, it is hard to believe that a year has passed since the death of Alexander McQueen. Cementing the British designer's indelible mark on the world of fashion and demonstrating that visionary design is as relevant a medium of art as any, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced a retrospective of McQueen's work entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

Spanning 19 illustrious years, Savage Beauty will cover all of the most notable moments of McQueen's career, from the controversial Highland Rape collection to the unsettlingly titled requiem Angels & Demons. The exhibition will focus on the gothic undertones that permeated the work of the designer. Eschewing chronology and instead being presented in a thematic series, it will explore the delicate intermingling of contrasting forces which served to make McQueen such a unique force.

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Introductory gallery The Savage Mind will showcase the designer's inimitable take on classic tailoring, while Romantic Gothic will focus on McQueen's more whimsical notions of femininity. Cabinet of Curiosities will give exhibition goers a closer look at the obtuse and frequently dark creations produced by milliner Philip Treacy and jeweller Shaune Leane in collaboration with the designer. Peppered throughout the exhibition will also be an intriguing selection of objets d'art, including the McQueen tartan and Nick Knight's haunting hologram of a dancing Kate Moss that closed the Autumn Winter 2006 runway show.

Thomas Campbell, director of the Met, has stated of McQueen, "His work fits so easily within the discourse of art. He can be considered no less than an artist whose medium of expression was fashion." The exhibition promises to emulate the heady enthrallment of the runway shows which exemplified the designer's innovative and thrilling approach.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will run from 4 May to 31 July at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a fitting testament to the artistry of the late designer.

Words: Lillian McKnight