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"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

Young style hounds take inspiration from the bizarre works of Alexander McQueen.

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    It's a Jungle Out There, Fall 1997
    "This particular [collection] was based on predator and prey, but in the urban jungle," explains Bolton. The structured pony-skin blazer is inspired in part by a Thomson's gazelle---a critter children might recognize from the Bronx Zoo---and accented with real impala horns.

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    VOSS, Spring 2001
    According to Bolton, this bird's-eye garment and matching headdress "merge both Japanese and Chinese traditions." Kids should look at the piece from multiple angles; the fabric takes on gray or pink tones depending on how it's viewed.

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    The Horn of Plenty, Autumn/winter 2010
    McQueen's fascination with history re-emerges in this extreme frock. The deep-black--dyed duck feathers of the hooded dress evoke a raven, which Bolton notes was "the Romantic symbol of death in the Victorian Gothic era." Meanwhile, the silhouette---defined shoulders, padded hips and a nipped-in waist---reflects Christian Dior's classic shape from the 1950s, but with the highly exaggerated features that became McQueen's trademark. It's no cuddly Big Bird, but captivating nonetheless.

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    Sarabande, Spring 2007
    Little ones appreciate flowers for their vibrant hues, but McQueen had a different reason: "He loved flowers because they died, and I think that's very reflective of [his] romanticism," says Bolton. For this regal gown, he combined silk peonies and roses with real chrysanthemums, knowing that they would deteriorate and fall. Curators will add fresh blossoms throughout the exhibition.

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    Plato's Atlantis, Spring 2010
    In McQueen's last full collection, he envisioned mankind's devolution as a return to the ocean. The grand finale will strike a special chord with Little Mermaid aficionados: The multihued Jellyfish Ensemble pairs a supernatural-looking dress with matching leggings and lobster claw--like stilettos, all of which are covered in iridescent enamel paillettes.

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    Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Ensemble, Dante, autumn/winter 1996--97

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    Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, VOSS, spring/summer 2001

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    Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, VOSS, spring/summer 2001

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    Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010) Dress, No. 13, spring/summer 1999

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    Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010)

Photograph: Slve Sundsb/Art + Commerce

It's a Jungle Out There, Fall 1997
"This particular [collection] was based on predator and prey, but in the urban jungle," explains Bolton. The structured pony-skin blazer is inspired in part by a Thomson's gazelle---a critter children might recognize from the Bronx Zoo---and accented with real impala horns.

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," debuting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, culls nearly 100 garments from the late British designer's trailblazing career. The exaggerated and indulgent styles will have mini fashionista imaginations running wild. Curator Andrew Bolton explains what was going on in McQueen's own genius noggin as he created these showstoppers. Click through the slide show above to learn about some of our favorite frocks.

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" runs from May 4 to July 31 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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