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Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

Costume Institute Gala 2011: Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty

What that started as a conventional fundraising event has blossomed under the direction of Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, morphing from $900,000 raised each year to closer to $9 million. The annual Costume Institute Gala has hosted themes that run the gamut from Superheroes to AngloMania to The Model as Muse, and the scene is always over the top (in both setting and wardrobe). It’s the Oscars of the fashion world with a red carpet that’s exponentially more adventurous and, therefore, more interesting.

This year’s theme honored the late Lee Alexander McQueen, looking back at the designer’s staggering legacy. Stars walked the red carpet in avant-garde ensembles befitting of an evening honoring one of fashion’s most daring designers, and the atmosphere was set with bagpipers at the entrance and a lush garden inside. WWD caught Marc Jacobs asking longtime McQueen friend Philip Treacy what the designer would have thought of the fuss: “He wouldn’t have come.” And yet, the event was a fitting tribute to design genius.

See a full gallery and recap on Vogue.com.

--Amie

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