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The Other King of Cool


The late Alexander (the Great) McQueen, always late, is given the proper sendoff with the Met’s phantasmagoric showcase of his finest fashions, from high art to full-on crazy-time. Love it!

Organized by the Met’s Costume Institute, the posthumous retrospective, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” is a formidable time capsule encompassing everything from the fashion god’s postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010.

The big show, now actually view-able to in-the-know city visitors since the Manhattan A-list
has murmured their respects, runs through July 31st at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

So says The Met: “His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. Approximately one hundred examples will be on view, including signature designs such as the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket, and the Origami frock coat, as well as pieces reflecting the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s that he crafted into contemporary silhouettes transmitting romantic narratives. Technical ingenuity imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at fashion’s vanguard.”

We couldn’t have said it better. McQueen was not…un-great. Wearable, who cares? For more info, go to the museum’s website, and below, here’s some highlights of his genius, in photo form.