The blockbuster exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse is in its final few weeks at National Gallery of Victoria. Organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and in partnership with NGV, this is Australia’s first major exhibition to explore McQueen’s boundary-pushing work. McQueen is one of the most significant fashion designers of the late twentieth century, and in this showcase, you’ll find out exactly why. See over 120 garments and accessories, alongside over 80 historical artworks including painting, sculpture, photography and sketches. Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse exhibition is now showing at NGV International, but must close on April 16.
Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse
This incredible exhibition doesn’t just display a multitude of McQueen’s iconic looks – it offers an insight into his mind. Artworks presented alongside garments offer a glimpse into his sources of inspiration, his creative process and capacity for storytelling. Visitors will see acclaimed collections throughout his career, from his early days to his last, existential collection, Plato’s Atlantis. In a lovingly curated exhibition, the trailblazing British designer takes his place in art history.
The exhibition is split into four themes:
- Mythos – explores three collections inspired by mythological and religious belief systems. These collections incorporate visual references to diverse cultures, as well as art-historical movements.
- Fashioned Narratives – examines McQueen’s use of worldbuilding, with collections that tell original stories or reimagine past events.
- Evolution and Existence – takes a look at McQueen’s fascination with life cycles and the human condition. It explores nature, evolution, death and the fragility of life.
- Technique and Innovation – this highlights the designer’s masterful abilities in garment construction and innovative design approach. See dedicated displays that focus on tailoring, dressmaking and deconstruction.
“Alexander McQueen is beloved for his boundary-pushing and highly conceptual designs that set him apart from his contemporaries,” said Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV. “With meticulous craftmanship and an intellectual rigour seldom seen on the runways before or since, he created a new vocabulary for fashion design that still resonates today.”
In honour of the show’s final week, NGV has even introduced extended visiting hours. So you can attend this unforgettable exhibition from 9am-5pm Monday April 10 to Saturday April 15, or 9am-9pm on Sunday April 16.