Harvey Nichols is offering its London customers a chance to feel a part of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, with its McQueen-themed windows.
The Harvey Nichols windows feature pieces that could not make it to New York due to customs’ regulations, according to Janet Wardley, head of visual merchandising for the British company. They will appear till the end of May.
Some pieces date back to McQueen’s spring–summer 1999 show, where robots sprayed Shalom Harlow’s dress with paint on the catwalk. There are also pieces from autumn–winter 2008–9, a collection in which McQueen was inspired by a 600-year-old elm tree in his garden.
‘I cannot wait to see our customers’ reactions when they see these pieces of art on display,’ says Wardley.
‘Alexander McQueen was a creative genius, visionary and inspiration to the fashion world, and one who was, and still is, sorely missed. These windows provide us with an opportunity to salute both the man himself, and his spectacular body of work, which Sarah Burton continues to honour with her vision for the design house for the future,’ says Averyl Oates, buying director of Harvey Nichols.
‘We shall miss Lee Alexander McQueen, but exhibitions such as these help us to remember the sheer drama, masterful tailoring and tender, yet savage, beauty the brand unwaveringly represents to all who love it the world over,’ she says.
The latest displays succeed Harvey Nichols’ Royal Wedding-themed windows, and have been made possible with the assistance of Alexander McQueen, American Express and Condé Nast.
The New York exhibition is on view from May 4 to July 31.