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Since the royal wedding, we've all got Alexander McQueen fever. But long before Will and Kate tied the knot, we were counting down the days to the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's summer exhibition at The Costume Institute. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the work of the late fashion designer, who died last February.

McQueen was fashion's Freud, tapping into the psyche of historical haute couture and the zeitgeist of tomorrow; he created thematic, theatrical runway presentations for 19 years. Whether it was turning Kate Moss into a hologram or operating robots to spray paint his dresses, McQueen bedazzled no matter the season.

The exhibition, which opens today, beautifully condenses McQueen's legacy into six concepts--naturalism, nationalism, primitivism, exoticism, gothic and the mind--through 100 ensembles and 70 accessories, drawn from six pivotal runway collections. To top it off, a seventh grouping, the "Cabinet of Curiosities," will highlight McQueen's aptitude for accessories (like his famous Armadillo shoes and butterfly-flock hats).

Running through July 31, Savage Beauty offers a spectacular, up-close examination of an artist's imagination and inspiration--proving history has repeated itself with another great Alexander.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.); 212-535-7710 or

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