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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty coming to the UK?

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If rumours are to be believed Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition could be jumping over to London. Housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York earlier this year, the exhibition was a run away success.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

About the Exhibition

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition features approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat are on view. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.

The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, curator, with the support of Harold Koda, curator in charge, both of The Costume Institute. Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett, the production designers for Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows, served as the exhibition’s creative director and production designer, respectively. All head treatments and masks are designed by Guido.

Alexander McQueen Remembered in London

Alexander McQueen Remembered in London

St. Paul’s Cathedral was a fitting venue for the grand memorial service for the late Lee Alexander McQueen, who took his own life last February at age 40.

“It was a life lived in the public gaze, but it was as vulnerable and retiring as it was glamorous,” the Reverend Canon Giles Fraser told the 1,200 guests, who included Sarah Jessica Parker, Daphne Guinness, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan, Antonio Berardi, Roland Mouret, Philip Treacy and Shaun Leane. “Despite the dazzle of his world, he never forgot his East End roots and how much he owed to his loved ones,” said Fraser.

“All of it was absolutely fitting, just beautiful, and typically Lee didn’t show up,” said Guinness with a smile from beneath her black veil, referring to the late designer’s tendency to cancel at the last minute, or pull a no-show. “I was like ‘Lee, where are you? You should be here.’”

“It was perfect,” Parker said of the service. “I wouldn’t have missed this for anything in the world. It was just a wonderful way to remember him. It was just beautiful.”

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Alexander McQueen – Sarah Jessica Parker

Alexander McQueen - Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is set to present the CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award to the late designer Alexander McQueen at the June 7 CFDA Awards, WWD reports. McQueen dressed Parker for numerous red carpets, and clad both the actress and himself in tartans at 2006’s Costume Institute Benefit.

WWD has more details about the event: Caroline Kennedy will present the Eleanor Lambert Award to Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman; Matt Tyrnauer directed the film for Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Michael Kors; And Richard Press made the clip for Eugenia Sheppard Award honoree Kim Hastreiter.

Alexander McQueen wins top design award

Alexander McQueen wins top design award
Alexander McQueen has posthumously won a top design award for his spring and summer 2010 fashion collection.

The collection, which suggested a ”futuristic underwater world”, was streamed from a fashion show in Paris live on the internet to 40 million viewers.

The shortlist for Brit Insurance Design of the Year was drawn up before McQueen’s death last month, at the age of 40.

Beth Ditto, the singer, was also in the running in the fashion category for her collection for Evans, the plus-size clothes store.

Paula Reed, judge and style director of Grazia magazine, described McQueen, who was found dead at his luxury London home, as a ”clear winner”.

She said: ”The entire jury wanted to be clear that the choice was not made for any sentimental reason.

”The video presentation of McQueen’s last show is one of the most compelling pieces in the exhibition.

”It works on so many levels. The designer had been working for years on developing fabrics that could blend the hard into soft and had pretty much come close to achieving that in this collection.”

She continued: ”The impressiveness simply compounds the enormity of his loss.”

Industry experts nominated international designs across seven categories -transport, fashion, product, graphics, furniture, interactive and architecture.

An overall winner from the categories will be announced on March 16.

The winning entries and shortlisted designs are displayed at the Design Museum in London until June 6.

Alexander McQueen – Passing of a fashion legend

Alexander McQueen - Passing of a fashion legend

Passing of a fashion legend.

Alexander McQueen, has taken his life. Reports say that he was found in his flat in London’s Green Park, where he died by hanging himself.

Top fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London, England, home Thursday, a spokesman for his company said.

London’s Metropolitan Police said a 40-year-old man was found dead at an address in Green Street, central London.

A statement on behalf of his family said: “Alexander McQueen today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family.”

Alexander McQueen x Puma Clothing

‘Alexander McQueen x Puma ClothingAlexander McQueen and Puma, who have already teamed up on footwear, have joined forces again to create a sports-inspired clothing and accessories line.

Alexander McQueen is the quintessential bad boy made good. He has brains and brawn, having survived over ten years as a solo designer and being brought into the Gucci Group stable, which bought a 51 per cent stake in his company 2002. In 2008, he not only turned a profit but was also opening new stores from LA to Beirut.

• Alexander McQueen was in 1970 in the East End of London – the son of a taxi driver
• He trained on Savile Row at Gieves & Hawkes, where he once embroidered a suit for the Prince of Wales with the words “I am a c**t” (in the lining)
• In 1991 his entire degree show was bought by influential stylist Isabella Blow, whose later suicide in 2007 led to him dedicating his entire spring/summer 2008 collection to her memory.

Alexander McQueen Puma Sneakers

Alexander McQueen Puma SneakersCheck out the Alexander McQueen Puma Spring 2008 footwear collection and the Alexander McQueen Bones Installation, inspired by the skeletal structure and the backbone. PUMA BLACK STORE shopping event and Alexander McQueen BONES installation Saturday March 29th  1pm-5pm