Next Year’s Costume Institute Gala Opens the Met’s Sure-to-Be-Stunning Alexander McQueen Exhibit

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From left, looks from McQueen's fall 2010, fall 2009, and fall 2008 collections. Photo: Imaxtree

Vogue's annual Costume Institute Gala is poised to be an even more fabulous, heart-stopping, and emotional affair next year than it has been in years. The ball on May 2 will kick off the the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Alexander McQueen exhibit, titled "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty." The showcase, which will be open to the public from May 4 through July 31, includes roughly 100 pieces and already sounds beyond incredible.

The museum gathered pieces from everywhere from the graduate collection McQueen showed at Central St. Martins to items from the designer's days at Givenchy, where he worked in the late nineties, to works from his personal collections, including things he made for the late Isabella Blow, whose entire wardrobe Daphne Guinness now owns. "His catwalk presentations were outstanding and straddle art and fashion," the Met's Costume Institute curator, Andrew Bolton, says. "We want to get across two elements — the spectacle of the runway presentations and the beauty of his craftsmanship." The exhibit will also include runway pieces McQueen made with milliner Philip Treacy, among other collaborators.

The exhibit is sponsored by Condé Nast, the PPR-owned Alexander McQueen label, and American Express. Gala chairs include PPR chief François-Henri Pinault and his wife Salma Hayek, along with Colin Firth, Stella McCartney, and Anna Wintour. If you thought past red carpets at the ball were spectacular, just imagine all the vintage McQueen gowns fashion people will rustle up for next year's affair. If you already have a tingly feeling, you're not alone.

Alexander McQueen's Moment [WWD]