The Prime Ministers wife, Samantha Cameron, and US Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, joined forces this morning to launch the forthcoming Alexander McQueen exhibition. Stella McCartney also joined the pair. The exhibition will be at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York.
The exhibition will be titled ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ and will run from May 4 to July 31. It will take a look back over two decades of McQueen’s work; beginning with his graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, right through to his final collection which was shown in the weeks after his death.
The museum has also borrowed a large amount of outfits from the personal collection of Isabella Blow, who was known as McQueen’s long-term muse. Daphne Guinness bought the outfits from Blow’s collection last year. Highlights from McQueen’s tenure at Givenchy will also feature.
“When I heard from Anna Wintour that the Costume institute’s major annual exhibition would explore the artistry of Alexander McQueen, I was thrilled by this recognition of British fashion,” explained Samantha Cameron to the crowded room at The Ritz hotel in London. Cameron was wearing a black jacket from McQueen’s second line, McQ.
Andrew Bolton, The Costume Institute’s curator, then took to the stage to explain how McQueen’s legacy inspired the exhibition.
“He (McQueen) once remarked that he was overly romantic, whereas I hope the exhibition will reveal that it was precisely this romantic yearning that propelled McQueen’s creativity and advanced fashion in previously unimaginable directions,” Bolton said.
The exhibition will be launched by the annual Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 2. The gala is otherwise known as the Met Ball – the fashion industry’s version of the Oscars.