What I think is great is this is not just a homage to a great designer; it is recognition that he was, above all things, an artist, and deserves to be celebrated as such.
Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute at the Met, said of McQueen that "[h]is fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination. He was a true romantic in the Byronic sense of the word – he channeled the sublime." (From the Guardian article.)
|Widows of Culloden, Autumn/Winter 2006-7|
|Irere, Spring/Summer 2003|
The exhibition will begin with a gallery called "The Savage Mind," which will explore McQueen's subversion of traditional tailoring, while the other rooms will explore his fascination with Romantic literary topics like decay, death, and darkness.
|The Horn of Plenty, Autumn/Winter 2009|
|Dante, Autumn/Winter 1996-7|
The preview of the exhibit was unveiled by Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron at the Ritz, during London Fashion Week (slideshow of preview).
The memories of McQueen's death are still fresh, which adds to the immediacy and poignancy of the exhibit. Since McQueen hung himself in his London Flat on February 11, 2010, Sarah Burton has stepped up as creative director. Although there is no replacing McQueen, I feel she is doing well at carrying on the tradition of the line we all know and adore.
|Sarabande, Spring/Summer 2007|
|Voss collection, Spring/Summer 2001|
Images via Guardian.co.uk