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The 2010 death of Alexander McQueen marked an enormous loss to the fashion community. This spring, the annual Costume Institute Retrospective at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York commemorates the late designer’s creative genius with Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

The exhibition contains 100 pieces of apparel and 70 accessories spanning McQueen’s 19-year career. Savage Beauty also highlights recurring motifs such as “Romantic Gothic” and “Romantic Primitivism,” drawing from iconic collections like Highland Rape (F/W 95), Number 13 (S/S 99), Irere (S/S 03) and Plato’s Atlantis (S/S 10). Coinciding with the exhibit’s opening, Yale University Press will release the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty hardcover book featuring photos of the exhibition by Sølve Sundsbø and contributions by current Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. -Christina Mannatt

Photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cut

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is showing at the Metropolitain Museum of Art from May 4–July 31, 2011.

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