'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Exhibit Preview

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Photo: Associated Press

Looks from the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibition, which was previewed at a press presentation.

Samantha Cameron, the spouse of British Prime Minister David Cameron, is proving that Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy aren’t the only fashionable wives in politics.

"When I heard from Anna Wintour that the Costume Institute's major annual exhibition would explore the artistry of Alexander McQueen, I was thrilled by this recognition of British fashion," Cameron said at a press conference in London, according to British Vogue. "I'm sure that the party on the second of May will be a very, very special night."

Anna Wintour and Cameron hosted the conference—which centered on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming Costume Institute exhibition, "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"—at London’s Ritz hotel, along with Met director Thomas Campbell and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

"We drew on the McQueen archive in London and are indebted to McQueen's co-workers and colleagues for their willingness to share their memories of him," Bolton said. "Especially Stella McCartney, whose friendship with McQueen makes her an ideal co-chair for the Costume Institute Ball, and Sarah Burton, who gave a valuable insight into McQueen's design process over the past 14 years."

The Gala’s honorary chairs will be PPR’s François-Henri Pinault and wife Salma Hayek, and the co-chairs will be Colin Firth, McCartney, and Wintour.

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" will feature approximately 100 pieces from all of McQueen’s collections, from 1994 to 2010, as well as a "Cabinet of Curiosities" containing jewelry and Philip Treacy–designed hats, and a separate screening room showing videos of McQueen’s runway presentations.

The exhibition will open to the public on May 4, 2011, and run through July 31.


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