New York’s Metropolitan Museum have landed a major coup this month with the opening of a major retrospective of the work of the late, great Alexander McQueen, organised by the Costume Institute. They couldn’t have timed this one better – if there was already a groundswell of interest around the work of Alexander McQueen after the designer’s untimely death last year, it’s been amplified further still by the unveiling of new creative director Sarah Burton’s design for the newly-titled Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress last month.
Amongst the items on display will be couture from McQueen’s many controversial and theatrical collections over the course of his nineteen-year career, as well as ready-to-wear pieces such as the infamous bumster jeans and accessories designed in collaboration with the likes of Philip Treacy and Shaun Leane. This has got to be the fashion exhibition of the year – though it seems strange that the first major retrospective of the British designer’s work is being held in the USA. We’re holding out for a touring version of the show to hit Mr McQueen’s native London some time in the near future.