McQueen to be honored at the Costume Institute

Alexander McQueen is to be honoured at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The designer committed suicide in February and now an exhibition of his work, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’, will be shown at the Met, and it will document everything from his graduate show to his final collection, shown posthumously in March.

Andrew Bolton, who is in charge of the exhibit, told WWD: “After McQueen’s death, we wanted to stage an exhibition to celebrate his legacy in fashion history and his contributions to fashion. 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. 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.”

McQueen – real name Lee – was one of the fashion world’s most respected designers and the exhibition will also feature personal collections belonging to friends including Daphne Guinness and the late Isabella Blow.

The collection will run from May 4 to July 31 2011 and will be launched at the Costume Institute Benefit gala on May 2.