There is a huge anticipatory buzz surrounding the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” starting May 4-July 31. McQueen’s major splash at the royal wedding has just put the British fashion house on every fashionista’s hot list.
The Met’s website for its Costume Institute’s new exhibition, provides little to no information about what’s going to be in it. The buzz on the retrospective is the nagging question will the exhibit be updated to include any reference to the royal wedding, now that the world knows that the Duchess of Cambridge’s bridal gown was designed by Sarah Burton, the current creative director of the fashion house that retains McQueen’s name?
According to Nancy Chilton, the Met’s spokesperson for the show the answer is a resounding “NO” , “All is by Alexander McQueen himself.”The late designer, whose first name was really Lee, committed suicide on Feb. 11, 2010 . A fact overlooked in the Met’s press release, which refers to him only as “the late Mr. McQueen”. However even if the new regime at McQueen isn’t directly represented at the Met, it is undoubtedly be getting a boost both in reputation as well as commercial from this prestigious, self-funded exposure.