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In the ultimate tribute, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced plans to honor McQueen's legacy with an exhibit dedicated to the design talent and fashion world provocateur. Set for next Spring, the museum will stage “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” a celebration of the designer's work, open May 4 through July 3.
With plans to feature nearly 100 pieces, Andrew Bolton, who is spearheading the exhibit, is gathering designs that span the designer's full breadth of work, beginning with his graduate collection at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and culminating with his final collection. Ultimately, it's about honoring the design genius and his "singular voice"; says Bolt, "We want to get across two elements — the spectacle of the runway presentations and the beauty of his craftsmanship.” We couldn't think of a more fitting way to pay homage.
Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, and other stylish celebrities have been known to attend the Costume Institute Gala, known as the "Oscars of fashion." In anticipation of this year's star-studded event honoring the American Woman, we've taken a look back at the Met's red carpet fashion from years past and picked the stylish celebrities, designers and models who best embodied the year's theme.
One of my favorite things about May is The Met's Costume Institute gala. Since this year's theme is the American woman, we've decided to pay tribute to some of our favorite American designers who helped dress them. First up is the illustrious Ralph Lauren. Did you know his yearning for fashion and design started as a young boy working after school so he could buy himself suits? Cute. That was then, and now, Ralph Lauren is one of the biggest designers in American history. Throughout the years, Ralph has made a name for himself, pumping out classic cuts and sophisticated styles. Take a trip down memory lane and check out some of our favorite Ralph moments.
Don't forget to check out our live Love It or Hate It red carpet coverage of the Met Gala May 3!
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must-see stop in NYC. It features over 30,000 costumes and accessories from around the world. Don't plan on visiting the Big Apple anytime soon? No worries. Thanks to the Met, we can now view the Costume Institute from the comfort of our own homes at www.metmuseum.org.
The online database, which will be constantly updated, allows the public to view collections from the likes of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, and Salvatore Ferragamo to name a few. From Europe to Africa, this exhibit has it all. Check it out.
Ever gone to a museum and caught yourself being rude because you were talking to your museum buddy too much while perusing? Fear no more. The Metropolitan Museum of Art wants to know what you think about their latest Costume Institute exhibition and they want you to share it with the whole world. They have embraced the enthralling world we know as blogging with blog.mode: addressing fashion where you can comment live from the eight computers set up in the galleries. Then, the rest of us can hear what you had to say about a black jersey Commes de Garcon dress from the debut collection of 1983 or a pair of Damien Hirst-designed polka dot ankle boots by Manolo Blahnik. If you're in NYC, be sure to check out the exhibit — which runs through April 13 — and blog all about it!