Graced with Alexander the Great

Ms. Wintour’s Vogue + Ms. Coddington’s fashion direction + Meisel’s mastery + McQueen pieces from the upcoming Met exhibit = Alexander the Great.

Vogue May 2011 Steven Meisel Alexander the GreatFrom the Widows of Culloden collection, Fall 2006 on exshoesme.com
Karen Elson in the infamous antler headdress and gown from the Widows of Culloden collection, Fall 2006.
Vogue May 2011 Steven Meisel Alexander the Great from Voss, Spring 2001 on exshoesme.com
Stella Tennant in a dress from the Spring 2001 Voss collection.
Vogue May 2011 Steven Meisel Alexander the Great Number 13, Spring 1999 on exshoesme.com
Karlie Kloss donning a wooden dress from Number 13, Spring 1999.
Vogue May 2011 Steven Meisel Alexander the Great Sarabande Spring 2007 on exshoesme.com
Caroline Trentini in full bloom in a piece of art from the Sarabande collection, Spring 2007.
Vogue May 2011 Steven Meisel Alexander the Great It's Only a Game, Spring 2005 on exshoesme.com
Raquel Zimmermann horses around in a prosthetic dress from It's Only a Game, Spring 2005.
Vogue May 2011 Steven Meisel Alexander the Great Voss Kimono Coat and Flowerbox Hat, Spring 2001 on exshoesme.com
Coco Rocha - you are one lucky girl - for wearing the piece I dream of putting on. The Kimono coat and flower box hat from Voss, Spring 2001.

As an aside, these museum pieces are being worn by actual bodies only because they are not part of the permanent collection of the Costume Institute at the Met – the guidelines of which dictate that an article of clothing cannot be worn after acquisition. Many of the pieces for the show have come from the Alexander McQueen company archives.

Such is the reason that Sølve Sundsbø’s photographs of the pieces from the exhibition look so ethereal. They were shot on real models as well and then digitally altered to show only the pieces themselves.  Sundsbø’s images will also be published in the book by Andrew Bolton, to be released shortly after the exhibit opens.

It’s clear that McQueen touched so many of us – masters and mere mortals, alike.

Images courtesy of Vogue.com.

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