British First Lady Samantha Cameron and US Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour unveiled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty yesterday, the exhibition to be held at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute in New York this Spring. The exhibition, which will run from May 4 to July 31, 2011, will feature some of the late Lee McQueen’s greatest creations, including pieces from all of his collections from 1994 to 2010. The exhibition will launch on May 2nd with the annual Met Ball, which will be hosted this year by McQueen’s friend and fellow designer Stella McCartney and his right-hand woman for 14 years and successor Sarah Burton.
Highlights of the exhibition were photographed by Sølve Sundsbø using live models, but then digitally altered to look like mannequins so that focus would not be taken away from the pieces themselves. The photos posted below are high resolution, so please click to enlarge and see the exquisite detailing on each piece.
In addition to these and other designs, the exhibition will also feature the infamous McQueen tartan, the Kate Moss hologram from his Fall 2006 show, and other McQueen “curiosities”. (via Vogue UK)
The younger Backseat Styler T and I will most definitely be making a trip to The Met this Spring for this exhibition. Such a rare and beautiful opportunity to see some of McQueen’s most impressive designs in person and in one place is worth the short flight from Toronto to New York. For those of you who won’t be able to see the exhibition in person, the Costume Institute is producing a book that is currently available for pre-order.
UPDATE: See photos from the second preview here.
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Was distracted from the disappointment (serious understatement) of not being in NYC at the semi-annual Manolo Blahnik sample sale by André Leon Talley’s amusing report of the sale. Imagining the fun of rubbing shoulders with Mr. Talley at the Manolo sale has me daydreaming, and I can’t decide which I would choose if presented with the following options:
(1) Afternoon tea with Mr. Talley – an opportunity to ask him all sorts of enlightened questions and to charm him into (a) offering me a job at Vogue and (b) becoming lifelong friends.
(2) Personal, unrestricted access to the MB sample sale before anyone else. Hell, it’s my daydream, so I’ll even sweeten the deal with all the free MBs I want.
O M G. What a dilemma this would be if my imaginary world and the real world collided. The more I think about it, the more certain I am that I would pick a spot of tea with André over free shoes. Besides, when I started my job at Vogue, André would most certainly introduce me to his good friend Manolo Blahnik (who would then become my good friend too) and make sure that I had unlimited access to the magazine’s Closet. It’s settled then – tea with André. Now all I have to do is send him an invitation.
Style.com is reporting that the Jimmy Choo for H&M collection will be restocked at three NYC stores on the morning of November 19th. If you missed the insanity this past weekend, are brave enough to join the crowds and lucky enough to live in NYC, hit up one of the following locations tomorrow morning: 34th and Seventh, Herald Square, and 51st and Fifth. What’s that – you have to go to work? There’s no worthier reason for playing hooky…is that a bit of a cold you feel coming on?