McQueen's Fashion Legacy Lives On Despite Princess Kate's Wedding Dress

From Daphne Guinness to Karen Elson, everyone hauled out their vintage McQueen couture in celebration of the late designer last week at the MET Costume Gala. The party auspiciously launches "Savage Beauty," a retrospective of Alexander McQueen's functional art, now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute through July 31.

Signature designs are highlighted from his first collection in 1992 to the final runway show. His "kimono jacket" and "origami frock coat" are exhibited alongside dramatic clothing interpretations of fashion and style from the McQueen Archives in London, the Givenchy Archive in Paris, and lucky private collectors.

"Alexander McQueen's iconic designs constitute the work of an artist

whose medium of expression was fashion," said Thomas P. Campbell, The

MET's Director. "This landmark exhibition

continues the Museum's tradition of celebrating designers who changed

the course of history and culture by creating new possibilities." There

is no question that with his outrageous design elements and extreme

attention to detail, McQueen was the king of wearable fashion drama.

Miami received a dose of the McQueen last winter when his skulled, hand-knotted designs exhibited at the Rug Company in the Design District during Art Basel.

And although

Sarah Burton was his right hand at the label for 14 years, the

now Creative Director's famous dress for The Princess William of Wales

did not really reflect his design aesthetic (really more of a

traditional de la Renta or Herrera, than McQueen). They do have

craftsmanship in common, and the future of the brand seems certain due

to all of the positive press. Yet, one wonders if the man behind the

name would have done differently.

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