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Vivienne Westwood may be pretty much it when it comes to punk’s early influence on fashion, but when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors for the Costume Institute Gala on May 6, the designer won’t hold quite the place of honor that some may have hoped.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just announced its 2013 exhibit, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Quite a departure from its previous Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit, and we’re totally on board with this one.
After last year’s blockbuster Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit, the Costume Institute had a dilemma. How could it possibly top such a remarkable show? The answer, of course, is it couldn’t.
Tonight the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit will close forever. Yes, forever. But the Met is staying open until midnight to accomodate the crowds, and we would like to know just what lengths you’re going to for the once-in-a-lifetime show.
The Costume Institute‘s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is insanely beautiful, intensely dramatic, and — most importantly — profoundly moving. Spanning from McQueen‘s Central Saint Martins graduation collection to his posthumous autumn/winter 2010-11 show, the exhibit celebrates an extraordinary and prolific career cut tragically short.
We sort of expected to be blown out of the water by the looks at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala last night. After all, the event is all about fashion, and last night’s, specifically, was about the creations of one of the greatest designers of our time, the late Alexander McQueen. McQueen’s designs were known for their grand scale, high drama, innovative use of materials and nods to time gone by. And the women who made the biggest impressions on the red carpet last night wore gowns that did the exact same things.
At 6 a.m. eastern standard time this morning, Kate Middleton emerged from her car outside of Westminster Abbey in a custom white silk dress with lace sleeves and a handmade, eight-foot long train, and the international fashion industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. The dress was by designer Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, a long rumored frontrunner and certainly a favorite for the role — but how much of Kate’s choice was actually left to chance?
Horacio Silva has probably one of the most fascinating jobs in the fashion industry. As the fashion news and features director of T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Silva covers a lot of ground and writes about a wide range of stuff. So it may or may not surprise you that he got a letter from someone claiming to represent embattled Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, asking for Silva’s help in securing an exhibition of the dictator’s clothing at The Costume Institute.
We saw some images from the Met‘s upcoming Alexander McQueen Costume Institute exhibit back in February, and now we have even more to show you. The Cut got their hands on a copy of the catalog for Savage Beauty, and, yes, it’s stunning.
Even posthumously, there’s nothing about Alexander McQueen that isn’t symbolic. American Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and British first lady Samantha Cameron held a press conference announcing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the Costume Institute‘s exhibition recognizing the designer’s work yesterday at the Ritz Hotel in London. McQueen’s first post-graduate show was held in the same location.
Next summer’s Costume Institute exhibit at the Met will feature none other than Alexander McQueen. The exhibit, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” will be on display from May 4 to July 31, and will showcase about 100 pieces that span his entire career — from his senior collection at Central Saint Martins (which Isabella Blow bought in its entirety) to his final collection shown just weeks after his death this February.
The theme for this year’s Met Costume Institute Gala is “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” and, appropriately, Gap is the sponsor. Though unarguably one of America’s most quintessential brands, Gap is hardly known for its evening wear. So what will the attendees be wearing?