Organizers of McQueen Exhibition Gather at Ritz

Momentum builds around the upcoming exhibition,"Savage Beauty," at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

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Stella McCartney & Sarah Burton

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THE MET SET: McQueen momentum is building: On Tuesday morning, organizers of “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” swooped into London’s Ritz hotel to offer more details about the upcoming exhibition devoted to the late designer’s work at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “McQueen showed us that clothing can be a form of art, that it has a purpose beyond wearability, and that it can be a way of conveying ideas and concepts,” said Andrew Bolton, who curated the show that will run from May 4 to July 31. “McQueen’s shows always challenged the viewer, and his work was always inspired, I think, by a search for love.”

Bolton spoke before an audience that included Britain’s First Lady Samantha Cameron, Stella McCartney, Shaun Leane, Philip Treacy and Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen. Susannah Frankel, fashion editor of The Independent, has written a biography of McQueen for the catalogue that will accompany the show, while the British fashion writer Tim Blanks interviewed Burton about her memories of McQueen’s design process and inspirations.

Sølve Sundsbø shot the photographs, and Leane reconditioned all of his original jewelry and silver pieces for the show. Bolton said that, thanks to McQueen’s colleagues, former colleagues and friends, he was able to secure almost all of the outfits he needed for the show.

“Only one continues to elude me: It’s a coat with three points. I have a softer version of the coat from McQueen’s MA show, but I can’t locate the more solid, structured one,” he said. “I’d love to find it.”

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