Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the exhibit presented by the Costume Institute is honestly a bit difficult to describe. It was beautifully and meticulously curated is a disgusting understatement that does not do justice to any of those involved. Andrew Bolton, the British curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, paired with curator Harold Koda to produce this chilling and moving exhibit. They did such an overwhelmingly thorough job that was so true to McQueen that is hard to describe it.
The exhibit is a wonderful way to bring attention to McQueen’s work.
The Costume Institute’s meticulousness in creating an experience with the exhibit is demonstrated in its outsourcing to bring in some of the key individuals that helped McQueen through the years. Curators Bolton and Koda hired John Gosling, McQueen’s longtime music supervisor, to choose the music for the exhibit and Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett, who helped produce so many of McQueen’s theatrical runway shows, as creative consultants. They truly created the dark side of the romantic movement that A. McQ. is so loved for.