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Costume Institute to Pay Tribute to Alexander McQueen

The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be staging an exhibition honoring the work of designer Alexander McQueen. The show, titled 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' will premiere in May of 2011 and feature a comprehensive showing of his designs including pieces from his graduate collection at Central St. Martins through his final collection, which was shown after his untimely death in February 2010.

"After McQueen's death, we wanted to stage an exhibition to celebrate his legacy in fashion history and his contributions to fashion," said Andrew Bolton, who is spearheading this exhibit, with the support of curator in charge Harold Koda. "McQueen had such a singular voice and he was a remarkable technician.

"He really was one of the most provocative voices of the past 30 years in fashion," Bolton added. "His catwalk presentations were outstanding and straddle art and fashion. We want to get across two elements -- the spectacle of the runway presentations and the beauty of his craftsmanship."

The show, as always, will be revealed in conjunction with the Costume Institute Gala, which is basically a huge party where everyone shows off their fanciest outfits.

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