Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has one of the most popular museum exhibits of the year behind its doors. Nearly 200,000 visitors have seen this exhibit and you should too. Before Alexander McQueen died last year, he had a hugely successful career for 19 years and had influenced fashion in many innovative ways. The exhibit, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty highlights his love of history and his innovative twists on the art of fashion.

Alexander McQueen Voss met

VOSS (S/S 2001) Ensamble

The exhibit is broken into six main themes: “The Romantic Mind” focuses on his tailoring and dressmaking, “Romantic Gothic” looks at his love of the Victorian Gothic fashion era, “Romantic Nationalism” looks at McQueen’s history and love of his heritage and country, “Romantic Exoticism” looks at global influences in McQueen’s work, “Romantic Primitivism” examines McQueen’s take on the “noble savage,” and “Romantic Naturalism” explores McQueen, nature, and the elements.

McQueen's Romantic Nationalism at the Met

McQueen's Romantic Nationalism at the Met from the collections Highland Rape (autumn/winter 1995–96) and Widows of Culloden (autumn/winter 2006–7)

The collections involved with this exhibit include Highland Rape (autumn/winter 1995-96), Number 13 (spring/ summer 1999), VOSS (spring/summer 2001), Irere (spring/summer 2003), Plato’s Atlantis (spring/summer 2010), and Angels and Demons (autumn/winter 2010-11). Pieces from Plato’s Atlantis may be recognizable from the music video for Lady Gaga’s hit song Bad Romance.

Plato's Atlantis (S/S 2010) Jellyfish ensamble

Plato's Atlantis (S/S 2010) Jellyfish ensamble

Andrew Bolton, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, provides insight into the exhibit on an accompanying audio tour. Bolton gets help along the way from Sarah Burton, the new creative director for McQueen’s brand and designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown; models Naomi Campbell, Annabelle Neilson and Shalom Harlow; actress Sarah Jessica Parker, and milliner Philip Treacy, who designed most of the hats at the recent royal wedding including the famous one worn by Princess Beatrice. The audio tour can be rented for a small fee. ($7, $6 for members, and $5 for children under 12). Bolton has also written a book that accompanies the exhibit, also entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

McQueen Plato's Atlantis Met

McQueen's Romantic Naturalism at the Met from the collection Plato’s Atlantis (spring/summer 2010)

Dates: May 4, 2011–August 7, 2011 (recently extended)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 9:30 AM–5:30 PM (CLOSED MONDAY); Friday and Saturday: 9:30 AM–9:00 PM; Exhibit ends entrances an hour before closing.
Due to the popularity of the exhibit, the Met is allowing special admissions on Mondays while they are normally closed. If you’re willing to hand over $50 to see the exhibit only, you can due so most Mondays from 9:30 AM to 2:30 AM beginning June 6 as part of the Met Mondays with McQueen program.
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, New York 10028
Tickets: Tickets to the exhibit are free with cost of admission to the museum. (Adults-$20/Seniors-$15/Students-$10/Members and children under 12-Free). The museum fills up quickly so you can beat the crowds by purchasing express admission.
Savings: If you have a New York City Pass, your admission to The Met is included with your card. Admission to The Met is also included with the New York Pass and the New York Explorer Pass. If you plan on visiting other attractions in New York, consider getting one of these cards to save on multiple attractions.

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