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Long Live McQueen

Alexander McQueen S/S  “Natural Dis-Tinction, Un-Natural Selection”

The stage for Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer runway collection was a cheeky environmental scene- with a globe of the Earth revolving in the background, models emerged through a runway of taxidermy-like stuffed animals, from peacocks to elephants and zebras. Entitled “Natural Dis-Tinction, Un-Natural Selection”, it was a clear reference to Darwinism, both industrial and humanistic.

McQueen didn’t take the show in as dark a direction as would have been expected at the time, however: the collection was full of light colors and easy fabrics, albeit alongside skintight jumpsuits encrusted with jewels and leather corset belts. While much of the clothing had McQueen’s signature drape-y and sculptural silhouettes, the shoes and hair-styling were universally flat to the body- shoes that molded to each toe, or had nude stockings clinging to the ankles, and hair that was flat against the face, held on by mesh face masks.

The first pieces in the show had incredible patterns that looked like rings of wood, or the markings of a tiger, seamlessly sewn together (a foreshadowing of his sequel show, SS10’s “Plato’s Atlantis”), in taupes and browns, with occasional pops of canary yellow. These made way for a series of harder looks, such as the bodysuit worn by Magdalena Frackowiak (above) made to look like a shimmering insect, and stiff dresses in an hourglass shape with floral details. Perhaps the most striking looks were the suits and dresses that looked like the combination of animal spines and geometric shapes.

Lee emerged at the end of the show in a large bunny costume, waving happily to the crowd- the dark and serious A/W show that was to come in several months was a sign of his decline into deep depression- however this was perhaps McQueen’s last “happy” show on Earth.

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Alexander McQueen, environmentalist? That was the unexpected message that emanated from the mouth of a runway that was backed by a video projection of a revolving Earth, and flanked by a zoo of stuffed animals: an elephant, giraffe, polar bear, lion, and assorted other endangered species. McQueen explained, through program notes, that he had been pondering Charles Darwin, the survival of the fittest, and the deleterious results of industrialization on the natural world.

Strangely, the thought didn't set off one of his angry forays into the destructive side of human psychology. If anything, the beginning of the show—the section that dealt with a world untouched by man—unbuttoned the romanticism and delicacy that is, paradoxically, the strongest side of McQueen's appeal. Though his shapes hardly wavered from his signature frock coats, skinny-leg pants, and hourglass silhouettes, the wood-print tailoring was more fluid and some of the dresses exceptional. Pink or lemon flowers were trapped beneath short, nude netting shifts, and two of the season's most sublime forms of fringing came draped across the body in dégradé gray or swishing in pink filaments from a flapper dress.

McQueen's couture sensibilities are breathtaking in close-up, where the detail of flowers and birds becomes visible in lace underlayers and then echoed in lace ankle-wrappings incorporated in shoes. He also gave himself over to a long passage of bright, multicolored allover prints, engineered to fit around jackets, leggings, and cocoon dresses—new on the Paris runway, but also part of general trend emanating from London's young designers. Even as the show moved into evening and the part that symbolized the negative impact of twenty-first-century evolution, the black crystal-encrusted dresses and bodysuits never quite descended into melodrama. McQueen said he "doesn't want to preach" about such a serious subject. More likely, he wants to sell next Spring, and this collection, with its color, detail, and eased-up tailoring, looks likely to be one of his most commercially viable.

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Alexander McQueen

British fashion designer and couturier

This article is about the designer. For the brand, see Alexander McQueen (brand). For the actor, see Alex Macqueen. For the footballer, see Alexander McQueen (footballer).

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March – 11 February ) was an English fashion designer and couturier.[2] He founded his own Alexander McQueen label in , and was chief designer at Givenchy from to [2] His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (, , and ), as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in [2]

McQueen had a background in tailoring before he studied fashion and embarked on a career as a designer. His MA graduation collection caught the attention of Isabella Blow, who became his patron. McQueen's early works gained him recognition as an enfant terrible in British fashion, receiving coverage with designs such as the "bumster" trousers. He became head designer for Givenchy, and in he formed a partnership with Gucci. A number of his boutiques were established in cities around the world, and his label was expanded to include perfume, fashion accessories and a line of trainers. McQueen's catwalk shows were noted for their drama and theatricality, and he was known for his finely-tailored clothes as well as imaginative and sometimes controversial designs.[3] Among his best-known designs are the skull scarf and armadillo shoes. McQueen took his own life in , shortly after the death of his mother. He died at the age of 40, at his home in Mayfair, London.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Alexander McQueen was born on 17 March in Lewisham, London, to Ronald and Joyce McQueen, the youngest of six children.[5][6] His Scottish father worked as a taxi driver, and his mother a social science teacher.[7][4] It was reported that he grew up in a council flat,[8] but, in fact, the McQueens moved to a terraced house in Stratford in his first year.[9] McQueen attended Carpenters Road Primary School, before going to Rokeby School.[10] He was interested in clothes from a young age. He was also fascinated by birds and was a member of the Young Ornithologists' Club; later, in his professional career, he often used birds as motifs in his designs.[7][11]

Tailored black suit by McQueen

McQueen left school aged 16 in with only one O-level in art,[7] took a course in tailoring at Newham College and went on to serve an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes as a pattern cutter.[12] The skills he learned as an apprentice on Savile Row helped earn him a reputation in the fashion world as an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look.[3] It was claimed that he sewed obscenities into the lining of suits made for Prince Charles, although a recall of suits made by Anderson & Sheppard to check found no evidence of this.[13] While serving his apprenticeship, McQueen also attended the Rosetta Art Centre.[14][15] After Saville Row, he worked briefly for the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans, making costumes for shows such as Les Misérables.[7] When he was 20, he worked for Koji Tatsuno, and then Romeo Gigli in Milan before returning to London to go to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.[16]

Coat from Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, McQueen incorporated his own hair into the garment.[17]

McQueen initially applied for a job as a pattern cutter tutor at Central Saint Martins, which he failed to get as he was aged 21 and too young to teach students of his own age. However, based on the strength of his portfolio, Bobby Hillson, the Head of the Masters course at St Martins, encouraged McQueen to enroll as a student instead.[18][19] He received his master's degree in fashion design and his MA graduation collection, titled Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow.[20][21] Blow was said to have persuaded McQueen to use his middle name Alexander when he subsequently launched his fashion career.[4] Another suggestion was that he used his middle name so as not to lose his unemployment benefits for which he was registered while still a struggling young designer under the name of Lee McQueen.[22] McQueen had said that he refused to be photographed in his early career because he did not want to be recognised in the dole office.[23] Isabella Blow paved the way for Alexander McQueen using her unique style and contacts to help him. She was in many ways his mentor.

Career[edit]

In , McQueen started his own label, and for a time he lived in the basement of Blow's house in Belgravia while it was under renovation. In , he relocated to set up his studio in Hoxton Square, an area that also housed other new designers including Hussein Chalayan and Pauric Sweeney.[24] His first collection after graduation, the Taxi Driver collection inspired by the Martin Scorsese's film, was organised by the British Fashion Council for young designers without runway shows, and presented on a clothes rack in a small room at the Ritz Hotel.[22] He introduced the "bumsters" in this collection, but the collection was never photographed as all the clothes were stolen after the presentation.[25] In his early collections, McQueen had sown locks of his own hair in perspex onto the clothes to serve as his label.[26]

Early runway shows[edit]

Jacket from The Birds, Spring / Summer

McQueen's first professional runway show in , the Spring/Summer 's Nihilism collection, was held at the Bluebird Garage in Chelsea. His early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics, earning him the title "l'enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion".[5][27] McQueen's Nihilism collection, with some models looking bruised and bloodied in see-through clothes and extremely low-cut bumster trousers, was described by journalist Marion Hume of The Independent as "theatre of cruelty" and "a horror show".[28][29]

McQueen's second runway show was for the Banshee collection. Shortly after creating this collection. McQueen met Katy England, his soon to be "right hand woman",[30] when outside of a "high profile fashion show" trying to "blag her way in".[31] He promptly asked her to join him for his following collection, The Birds, as "creative director";[31] thereafter she continued to work with McQueen, serving as his "second opinion".[30]The Birds, which was named after Alfred Hitchcock's film and held at Kings Cross, had a roadkill theme featuring clothes with tyre marks and the corsetier Mr Pearl in an inch waist corset.[32][33]

McQueen's "bumsters" were a common feature of his early shows. Although derided by some and attracted many comments and debate, it spawned a trend in low-rise jeans, especially after Madonna wore one in an MTV advert in [3][34][35] Michael Oliveira-Salac, the director of Blow PR and a friend of McQueen's said, "The bumster for me is what defined McQueen."[3]

Highland Rape[edit]

Highland Rape, Autumn / Winter

McQueen's fourth runway show for his Autumn/Winter collection of brought McQueen to the world's attention. The collection, titled Highland Rape referring to the Highland Clearances of Scotland, was controversial. Some models on the runway wore clothes that were slashed and torn, and in tatters of lace with spatters of fake blood. Reviewers have interpreted it as being about women who were raped, and criticised what they saw as misogyny and the glamorisation of rape.[36][37] McQueen objected to such interpretation, arguing that it referred to the rape of Scotland by the English, and was intended to counter other designers' romantic depiction of Scotland. As for the charge of misogyny, he said he aimed to empower women and for people to be afraid of the women he dressed.[36][38]

McQueen continued to attract criticisms of misogyny in some of his later shows for designs that some considered degrading to women. In La Poupée (Spring/Summer ) inspired by Hans Bellmer's The Doll, McQueen placed models including the black model Debra Shaw in metal restraints, which observers took to mean slavery, while the silver mouthpiece ins Eshu (Autumn/Winter ) forced the wearer to bare her teeth.[13][20] Similarly the sex-doll lips makeup of the models in The Horn of Plenty (Autumn/Winter ) was also criticised as being ugly and misogynistic.[39] The fashion writer of the Daily Mail called McQueen "the designer who hates women".[40]

McQueen followed Highland Rape with The Hunger (Spring/Summer ) and Dante (Autumn/Winter ). Dante further raised his international profile, and the collection was shown twice; first in Christ Church, Spitalfields, London, later in a disused synagogue in New York, both attended by large enthusiastic crowds.[41] McQueen won his first British Designer of the Year award in [42]

McQueen's increasing prominence led to a number of projects for music artists. In , he designed the wardrobe for David Bowie's tour of , such as the Union Jack coat worn by Bowie on the cover of his album Earthling.[43] Icelandic singer Björk sought McQueen's work for the cover of her album Homogenic in [44] McQueen also directed the music video for her song "Alarm Call" from the same album[45] and later contributed the iconic topless dress to her video for "Pagan Poetry".[46]

Givenchy appointment[edit]

Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Autumn 'Blade Runner' suit.

McQueen was appointed head designer of Givenchy in to succeed John Galliano who had moved to Dior. Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the label known for its elegant couture, criticised McQueen's appointment, describing it as a "total disaster".[13] In turn, upon his arrival at Givenchy, McQueen insulted the founder by calling him "irrelevant". McQueen's debut show for Givenchy, Spring Summer , featured Greek mythology-inspired gold and white designs, and although beautiful, was considered a failure by some critics in contrast to the praise lavished on John Galliano's debut collection for Dior.[47][48][49] McQueen himself said to Vogue in October that the collection was "crap". McQueen had toned down his designs at Givenchy, although he continued to indulge his rebellious streak. Givenchy designs released by Vogue Patterns during this period may be credited to the late designer.[50]

McQueen's relationship with Givenchy was fraught, and he left in March after his contract ended, with McQueen arguing that Givenchy had started to 'constrain' his creativity.[51][52]

It's a Jungle out There[edit]

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Five weeks after his criticised debut for Givenchy, McQueen staged his own show titled It's a Jungle out There, which was inspired by nature. The title was a response to the criticism he received; according to McQueen, after he watched a nature documentary about gazelles being hunted by lions: 'That's me!' Someone's chasing me all the time, and, if I'm caught, they'll pull me down. Fashion is a jungle full of nasty, bitchy hyenas.".[53] Model wore eye makeup to resemble gazelles and clothes with horns in the show. This collection, presented at London's Borough Market, was judged a triumph, Amy Spindler of New York Times, who had criticised his Givenchy debut, wrote that McQueen was "fashion's closest thing to a rock star. He isn't just part of the London scene; he is the scene.".[54] The London show restored his reputation and he went on to produce a number of well-received collections for Givenchy.[13]

McQueen staged many of his shows in an unusual or dramatic fashion. His Spring/Summer Untitled collection (originally titled "Golden Shower" until the sponsor objected) was presented on a catwalk showered with water in yellow light,[55] while the following Joan (after Joan of Arc) ended with a masked model standing in a ring of fire.[56]

No. 13[edit]

A catwalk show that received widespread media attention was the Spring/Summer 99 collection No. 13 (it was his 13th collection), which was held in a warehouse in London on 27 September It took inspiration from William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, with its concern for handcraft.[57][58][59] Some of the dresses incorporated Morris-inspired embroidery, and the show featured double amputee Aimee Mullins in a pair prosthetic legs intricately hand-carved in ash.[60] The climax of the show, however, provided a counter-point to the anti-industrial ethic of the Arts and Crafts movement. It featured Shalom Harlow in a white dress spray-painted in yellow and black by two robotic arms from a car manufacturing plant. It is considered one of the most memorable finales in fashion history.[56]

Coiled corset made of aluminium rings, The OverlookAutumn/Winter

The following Autumn/Winter 99 collection, The Overlook (titled after the Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining) featured winter snowy scene with ice-skaters and presented clothes mostly in white and grey.[61] A notable creation in show was the Coil Corset made in collaboration with jeweller Shaun Leane, who also crafted many other pieces for McQueen, including a Spine Corset (Untitled Spring/Summer ) and a yashmak in aluminium and crystal (Eye, Spring/Summer ).[62] The Coil Corset, an expansion of the idea of a coiled neckpiece made by Leane for It's a Jungle Out There, was made out of aluminium rings.[63] It was sold in for $,[64]

McQueen held his first runway show in New York in , titled Eye (Spring/Summer ).[65] The theme was on West relation to Islam and featured designs that were sexualised version of traditional Islamic dress, which was poorly-received by the critics. The show ended with models in niqāb and burqa floating above spikes that had appeared out of water.[66][67][68]

Voss[edit]

One of McQueen's most celebrated and dramatic catwalk shows was his Spring/Summer collection, named Voss after a Norwegian town known for its wildlife habitat.[69] Nature was reflected in the natural material used in some of his clothes such as ostrich feathers,[69] but more unusual were outfits made out of razor clam and mussel shells.[70][71]

The centre piece tableau that dominated the show was an enormous dark glass box within a larger glass box. Inside the inner dark glass case was an interior filled with moths and, at the centre, a naked model on a chaise longue with her face obscured by a gas mask. The tableau was revealed when the glass walls of the inner box fell away towards the end of the show and smashed onto the ground. McQueen said that the tableau was based on the Joel Peter Witkin image Sanitarium.[72] The model chosen by McQueen to be the centre of the show was the British writer Michelle Olley.[73][74] The British fashion photographer Nick Knight said of the VOSS show on his SHOWstudio.com blog: "It was probably one of the best pieces of Fashion Theatre I have ever witnessed."[75]

Because the room outside the box was lit and the inside of the box was unlit before the show started, the glass walls appeared as large mirrors, so that the seated audience saw only their own reflection. Alexander McQueen later described his thoughts on the idea used during VOSS of forcing his audience to stare at their own reflection in the mirrored walls for over an hour before the show started:

"Ha! I was really pleased about that. I was looking at it on the monitor, everyone trying not to look at themselves. It was a great thing to do in the fashion industry—turn it back on them! God, I've had some freaky shows."[76]

Gucci partnership[edit]

Before his contract with Givenchy had finished, McQueen signed a deal with Givenchy's rival Gucci in , daring Givenchy to fire him.[77] Gucci bought 51% of McQueen's company with McQueen remaining its creative director,[52] and the deal allowed McQueen to expand his own Alexander McQueen label. In the following years a number of Alexander McQueen boutiques opened in cities around the world, and the label also extended into perfume, eyewear and accessories, trainers, as well as a menswear line.[78][79]

The Girl Who Lived in the TreeAutumn/Winter

McQueen continued to present his runway shows in an unconventional manner for which he had become known. The Autumn show, his last show in London before moving to Paris, featured a merry-go-round with models in clown make-ups dragging along a golden skeleton;[80][81] the Autumn/Winter Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious collection was shown with live caged wolves and a black parachute cape inspired by Tim Burton;[82][83] the Autumn/Winter Scanners was presented in a snowy wasteland setting with models walking along a wind tunnel;[84][85] and the Autumn show was a re-enactment of dance scenes from the Sydney Pollack's film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, choreographed for the show by Michael Clark.[86] For the spring It's Only a Game collection, he presented a human chess game, and his autumn show Widows of Culloden, featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss dressed in yards of rippling fabric.[87]

McQueen also became known for using skulls in his designs. A scarf bearing the skull motif, which first appeared in the Irere Spring/Summer collection of , became a celebrity must-have and was copied around the world.[3]

Although McQueen had incorporated menswear into many of his previous catwalk shows, for example Spring/Summer 98, it was only in that a separate menswear collection was introduced with his first menswear runway show in Milan's menswear event.[88] He was named GQ magazine's Designer of the Year in [89]

In , McQueen dedicated his Spring collection, La Dame Bleue, to Isabella Blow, who had died by suicide earlier that year. The show included works by his long-time collaborator Philip Treacy, another of Blow's protégé. The collection had a bird theme and featured brightly-coloured clothes with feathers.[90][91]

McQueen produced a well-received collection, The Girl Who Lived in the Tree, for Autumn/Winter It was based on a story McQueen created about a feral girl who lived in a tree but transformed into a princess and marry a prince to become a queen. He took inspiration from the Queens of England and the British Raj and Empire to create a romantic and regal collection.[92][93] The first half of the show focused on dark decorative dresses over petticoats, which became lighter and more lavish in the second half.[94]

The Spring/Summer collection, Natural Dis-tinction Un-natural Selection, was inspired by Charles Darwin and the impact of industrial revolution on nature, and presented on a runway filled with taxidermied animals.[96] The show presented structured clothes that featured prints with images of natural materials, as well as crystal-encrusted bodysuits and bell jar-shaped dresses.[97][98]

In , McQueen also collaborated with dancer Sylvie Guillem, director Robert Lepage and choreographer Russell Maliphant, designing wardrobe for a theater show "Eonnagata", which premiered at Sadler's Wells theatre in London.[99]

Plato's Atlantis[edit]

A dress from Plato's Atlantis

Alexander McQueen's last appearance on a fashion show was in Plato's Atlantis, presented during Paris Fashion Week on 6 October This Spring/Summer collection was inspired by the post-human manifesto featuring 46 full looks. Plato's Atlantis was the first fashion show by any designer to be streamed live over the internet,[51] although the website streaming it crashed after Lady Gaga tweeted about the show before it started.[]

The show began with a video of Raquel Zimmerman lying naked on sand with snakes on her body. McQueen installed two large cameras on the runway, both of which moved back and forth, documenting and broadcasting the entire show live on SHOWstudio. The inspiration for Plato's Atlantis was nature and the post-human movement depicted by sea-reptile prints. The fashion show and the collection addresses Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. as well as current global warming issues. The fantasy collection, named after Plato's island that sunk in the sea, envisaged a future where humans are forced to evolve from living on land to living in water in order to survive. The color scheme changed during the show from green and brown (land) to blue and acqua (ocean). The models exhibited an androgynous look (which represents McQueen's evolutionary themes), as well as possessing post-human characteristics. The prints shifted from reptilian to prints of water creatures such as jellyfish and stingrays. The collection's final silhouettes gave the models marine features while the McQueen's signature Armadillo shoe also transformed the appearance of the models' anatomic foot. Plato's Atlantis was yet another way in which McQueen fused fashion with technology.[][] The finale of the show was accompanied by the debut of Lady Gaga's single "Bad Romance".[]

Final show[edit]

Last works by McQueen, Autumn / Winter / collection. Displayed at the Savage Beautyexhibition

At the time of Alexander McQueen's death, he had 16 pieces that were eighty-percent finished for his Autumn/Winter collection. These outfits were completed by his design team and shown in seven presentations to small groups of specially invited audience.[] This collection, unofficially titled Angels and Demons, was first shown during Paris Fashion Week on 8 March , to a select handful of fashion editors in a mirrored, gilded salon at the 18th-century Hôtel de Clermont-Tonnerre.[][] Some fashion editors said the show was hard to watch because it showed how McQueen was obsessed with the afterlife.[]

The clothes presented had a medieval and religious look. Basic colours that were repetitively used were red, gold and silver with detailed embroidery. The last outfit presented has a coat made of gold feathers (shown left). His models were accessorised to show his love for theatrical imagery. "Each piece is unique, as was he", McQueen's fashion house said in a statement that was released with the collection.

After company owner Gucci confirmed that the brand would continue, McQueen's long-term assistant Sarah Burton was named as the new creative director of Alexander McQueen in May [] In September , Burton presented her first womenswear collection in Paris.[]

Accomplishments[edit]

A dress from The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter –10 collection

Some of McQueen's accomplishments included being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title "British Designer of the Year", which he won four times between and ;[16] he was also appointed a CBE and named International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers in []

McQueen has been credited with bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk.[3] He used new technology and innovation to add a different twist to his shows and often shocked and surprised audiences. The silhouettes that he created have been credited for adding a sense of fantasy and rebellion to fashion.[3]

Company[edit]

McQueen boutique in London ()

December saw a new partnership for McQueen, with the Gucci Group's acquiring 51% of his company and McQueen's serving as Creative Director.[7] Plans for expansion included the opening of stores in London, Milan, and New York, and the launch of his perfumes Kingdom and, most recently, My Queen. In , McQueen collaborated with Puma to create a special line of trainers for the shoe brand.[] In , he launched McQ, a younger, more renegade lower-priced line for men and women.[] Among his most popular design is the skull scarf first created in []

By the end of , Alexander McQueen had boutiques in London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, and Las Vegas. Celebrity patrons, including Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rihanna, Monica Brown and J-pop queens, such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, and Koda Kumi, have frequently been spotted wearing Alexander McQueen clothing to events.[] The number of McQueen stores worldwide had increased to by the end of , with revenues estimated to be €m in []

McQueen became one of several designers to participate in MAC's promotion of cosmetic releases created by fashion designers. The collection was released on 11 October and reflected the looks used on the Autumn/Winter McQueen catwalk created by makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. The inspiration for the collection was the Elizabeth Taylor movie Cleopatra, and thus the models sported intense blue, green, and teal eyes with strong black liner extended Egyptian-style. McQueen handpicked the makeup.

Chronology[edit]

The chronology of the fashion shows for women conducted during McQueen's lifetime included 36 collections counting his graduate school collection and his posthumous last collection which included many items of his own design.

Popular culture[edit]

The Alexander McQueen–designed bell dress from Björk's "Who Is It" music video

McQueen have produced works for music artists such as David Bowie and Björk which were used in their album covers and tours.[43][44] Pieces designed by Alexander McQueen have been incorporated in the music videos of Björk, Hamasaki, and Lady Gaga. His designs for the Plato's Atlantis collection, including one of his most notable creations the Armadillo Shoes, were worn by Lady Gaga in her video for "Bad Romance".[][]

A leather costume designed by McQueen was worn by Janet Jackson in her halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII in , which created a controversy when her breast was briefly exposed in an incident described by Justin Timberlake as a "wardrobe malfunction".[]

Personal life[edit]

McQueen was openly gay and said he realized his sexual orientation when he was six years old.[] He told his family when he was 18 and, after a rocky period, they accepted it.[7] He described coming out at a young age by saying, "I was sure of myself and my sexuality and I've got nothing to hide. I went straight from my mother's womb onto the gay parade".[] Later in life he revealed to this family that he had been sexually abused by his brother-in-law when he was young.[]

In , McQueen had a marriage ceremony with his partner George Forsyth, a documentary filmmaker, on a yacht in Ibiza.[]Kate Moss and Annabelle Neilson were bridesmaids.[] The marriage was not official, as same-sex marriage in Spain was not legal at that time. The relationship ended a year later, with the two maintaining a close friendship.[]

McQueen was HIV positive.[][]

McQueen was an avid scuba diver and used his passion as a source of inspiration in his designs, including spring 's "Plato's Atlantis". Much of his diving was done around the Maldives.[]

McQueen had close relationships with the teams of designers he worked with and oversaw. His life was dedicated to his work, and his friend and colleague, Sebastian Pons described him as a workaholic. He held the work ethic of his colleagues to the same standard as himself, which ultimately created strife within his team, pushing Pons to quit his job and end their friendship.[citation needed]

McQueen received press attention after the May suicide of international style icon Isabella Blow. Rumours were published that there was a rift between McQueen and Blow at the time of her death, focusing on McQueen's under-appreciation of Blow.[] In response to these rumours, McQueen told an interviewer:[87]

"It's so much bollocks. These people just don't know what they're talking about. They don't know me. They don't know my relationship with Isabella. It's complete bullshit. People can talk; you can ask her sisters&#; That part of the industry, they should stay away from my life, or mine and Isabella's life. What I had with Isabella was completely dissociated from fashion, beyond fashion."

Death and memorial[edit]

McQueen's death was announced on the afternoon of 11 February In the morning, his housekeeper found him hanged at his home in Green Street, London W1.[]Paramedics were called and they pronounced him dead at the scene.[1]

Lee Alexander McQueen Headstone, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye. Carved by Pippa Westoby.
Lee Alexander McQueen Headstone Back, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye. Carved by Pippa Westoby.

David LaChapelle, a friend of the designer, said that McQueen "was doing a lot of drugs and was very unhappy" at the time of his death.[] McQueen's death came just days before London Fashion Week, although he was not scheduled to appear there.[] Stephen Pereira, McQueen's psychiatrist, said he had mixed anxiety and depressive disorder for at least three years and had twice taken drug overdoses as "cries for help."[] He had taken drug overdoses in May and July [] Pereira also said that McQueen had repeatedly missed psychiatric sessions, adding that there had been "enormous difficulty in getting him to personally, physically come to appointments."

McQueen left a note saying, "Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee."[] The Metropolitan Police stated that the note was not suspicious, but did not confirm that the death was a suicide.[] On 17 February , Westminster Coroner's Court was told that a post-mortem examination found that McQueen's death was due to asphyxiation and hanging. The inquest was adjourned until 28 April , where McQueen's death was officially recorded as suicide.[][] The coroner, Paul Knapman, reported finding "a significant level of cocaine, sleeping pills, and tranquillizers in the blood samples taken after the designer's death."[]

On behalf of Lee McQueen's family, Alexander McQueen [the company] today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand, has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family. Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.

—&#;Alexander McQueen Office, Official Website, 11 February []

On 3 February , McQueen wrote on his Twitter page that his mother had died the day before, adding: "RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx." Four days later, he wrote that he had had an "awful week" but said "friends have been great", adding: "now I have to some how pull myself together."[] McQueen is survived by his father, three sisters and two brothers.[]

McQueen's funeral took place on 25 February at St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, West London.[] His ashes were later scattered on the Isle of Skye at Kilmuir.[] His Skye ancestry had been a strong influence in his life and work.[] McQueen's Scottish heritage, his father was born and had ancestral roots in Skye, was evident in his life and work. Collections including Banshee (AW) and Highland Rape (AW) draw on both Celtic culture and dark periods of Scotland's history, notably the 18th-century suppression of Scotland's Highland clan system following the final defeat of the Jacobite rebellions. In asking for his remains to be interred in Kilmuir, looking over the sea in the north of Skye, Alexander McQueen has joined members of his clan going back over many generations.

A memorial was held for McQueen at St. Paul's Cathedral on 20 September It was attended by Björk, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney, Daphne Guinness, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Lady Gaga and Anna Wintour[] amongst 2, other invited guests.[] On 18 February , Robert Polet, the president and chief executive of the Gucci Group, announced that the Alexander McQueen business would carry on without its founder and creative director.[] Close friend Björk performed a version of Gloomy Sunday while dressed in a McQueen gown.

The BBC reported that McQueen had reserved £50, of his wealth for his pet dogs so they could live in the lap of luxury for the rest of their lives. He also bequeathed £, each to four charities; these include the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in South London, and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Burford, Oxfordshire.[]

Human Leather of McQueen[edit]

A conceptual art piece made by Tina Gorjanc highlighted the possibility for corporations to copyright another human's DNA. She created a series out of pig leather tanned and tattooed to appear similar to McQueen's skin. She filed patents for her method of replicating McQueen's skin in the lab, and displayed these patents along with the leather collection. McQueen's family stated that they did not condone the use of his DNA for fashion projects and also that this project is exactly the sort of fashion experimentation he would have enjoyed.[][]

Tributes[edit]

A dedication by a fan at an Alexander McQueen store after McQueen's death

On 16 February , pop musician and friend Lady Gaga performed an acoustic, jazz rendition of her hit single "Telephone" and segued into "Dance in the Dark" at the Brit Awards. During the performance, Gaga paid tribute to McQueen, by dedicating a song to him.[] She also commemorated McQueen after accepting her award for Best International Artist, Best International Female, and Best International Album. Gaga dedicated a song to him, titled "Fashion of His Love", on the special edition of her third album, Born This Way.[]

R&B singer Monica dedicated her music video "Everything To Me" to the memory of the late Alexander McQueen, a fashion designer who Monica admired and whose gowns and other pieces appear in the video.[citation needed] McQueen was found dead at his London apartment three days before the video shooting.

Björk, wearing a McQueen outfit, sang her rendition of "Gloomy Sunday" at the memorial at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Various other musicians, who were friends and collaborators with McQueen, commentated on his death, including Kanye West, Courtney Love, and Katy Perry.[]

In March , celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Annabelle Neilson, among others, paid visual tribute to McQueen by wearing his distinctive 'manta' dresses.[] The 'manta' dresses, inspired by a scuba-diving holiday McQueen took to the Maldives in ,[] came from McQueen's 'Plato's Atlantis' collection of Spring-Summer which was at the time currently available to purchase. 'Manta' dresses had been worn by celebrities such as Daphne Guinness, Noot Seear, Anna Paquin, and Lily Cole prior to his death, and following the announcement that he had died, remaining stocks sold out despite prices starting at £2,[]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted a posthumous exhibition of McQueen's work in titled Savage Beauty. The exhibition's elaborate staging includes unique architectural finishes and soundtracks for each room.[] Despite being open for only three months, it was one of the most popular exhibitions in the museum's history.[] The exhibition was so successful that Alexander McQueen fans and industry professionals worldwide began rallying at Change.org to "Please Make Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty a Traveling Exhibition" to bring honour to McQueen and see his vision become a reality: to share his work with the entire world.[] The exhibition then appeared in London's Victoria & Albert Museum between 14 March and 2 August It sold over , tickets, making it the most popular show ever staged at that museum.[]

In , McQueen was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork—the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover—to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most admires.[] McQueen is also given homage in the popular MMOWorld of Warcraft. There is an NPC dedicated to Alexander McQueen that is a Tailoring Trainer named Alexandra McQueen. This trainer is also the only one on the horde side that gives a special quest Cloth Scavenging.[]

In February , on the fifth anniversary of McQueen's death, a new play based on the designer was unveiled. McQueen, written by James Phillips, is set over one night in London and follows a girl who breaks into the designer's home to steal a dress and is caught by McQueen. The production takes inspiration from his imaginative runway shows and was directed by John Caird. It has been described by McQueen's sister Janet as 'true to his spirit'.[]Stephen Wight and Dianna Agron played the leading roles.

In film[edit]

In , it was announced that Jack O'Connell would play McQueen in an upcoming biographical film about his life.[]

On 8 June , the documentary McQueen, written and directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, was released in the UK. It was described by Harper's Bazaar as "among the most accurate, sensitive, and moving. Using his collections as cornerstones, the documentary features candid interviews with colleagues, friends and even family of McQueen, who was known as Lee to the people he loved."[] The film was favourably reviewed, earning a score of 84 on the critical aggregator website Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim",[] as well as a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a Critics Consensus reading, "McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that were tragically cut short."[]

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Le Jardin Majorelle, amazing tropical garden in Marrakech, Morocco.

Embark the intimate Sea Spirit for an exciting voyage from the Canary Islands, an autonomous region of Spain off the coast of Africa, to Lisbon. Experience the legacy of medieval Islamic culture on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar, and engage with the vibrant contemporary cultures of Morocco and southern Iberia. In the Canaries, discover UNESCO-listed historic towns and lush gardens. Discover the fascinating world of artist César Manrique, visiting his home and studio in the Canary Island of Lanzarote, and watch a performance in an awe-inspiring cave that Manrique transformed into a beautiful cultural space. Then spend a day on Portuguese Madeira. Travel east to Morocco to explore excellent museum collections, awe-inspiring gardens, and opulent mosques in Marrakesh, Casablanca, and Rabat. Enjoy a special tour of the rarely visited Dar El Bacha, the former palace of the last pasha of Marrakesh, and view its extraordinary painted ceilings, exquisite hand-cut zellige tiles, and art collections. Continue to the British territory of Gibraltar to arrive at its legendary rock, roam an underground fortress, and see the famous tailless Barbary macaques. In Spain, arrive in Cádiz for an excursion to Seville, home to the world's largest Gothic cathedral. Pause in the Portuguese Algarve for dramatic coastal landscapes and fascinating history in Sagres and Lagos, before concluding in Lisbon, where an optional postlude is offered. Those with a special interest in horticulture may wish to choose additional visits to remarkable gardens along the way.

Traveling with You: Christopher Noey is an art historian, author, expert in Islamic art, and an Emmy award-winning producer of films on art and culture. At The Met, he created video installations for a diverse array of exhibitions, including videos and interactive kiosks in the newly renovated Islamic galleries in He has also worked on media projects and exhibitions for The Met in Morocco and Iberia over the years.

Cruise Rate:
From $9,

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Danube river view

Explore picturesque cultural capitals in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Aboard a deluxe riverboat, taste fine local wines, and admire breathtaking scenery while cruising the legendary Danube River. Enjoy a private curatorial tour of the Hungarian National Gallery, and peruse the remarkable permanent collection at the National Museum in Belgrade. In Vidin, Bulgaria, see the 10th-century fortress of Baba Vida, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country. Visit lovely Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of Bulgaria, before disembarking in Giurgiu.

Traveling with You: Nadine Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge of the Department of Drawings and Prints, who has written and lectured extensively on 17th-century Northern European prints and drawings. She has previously accompanied Travel with The Met groups on European river cruises as well as to Mexico and Cuba.

Cruise Rate: From $7,

Activity Level: Moderate

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Amsterdam

Follow meandering rivers and canals through storybook villages and idyllic countryside aboard Magnifique IV, a delightful and intimate new canal boat. Begin in Bruges with a look at some of the city’s hidden artistic gems. Stop to marvel at the legendary, partially restored Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in enchanting Ghent. Visit Dendermonde, and tour the Church of Our Lady, home to two van Dyck paintings. Arrive in Antwerp to explore the 17th-century Rubens House. In Holland, discover the trading port of Dordrecht and the windmills of picturesque Kinderdijk. In Amsterdam, see the splendid masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum. Along the way, take guided walking tours to enjoy a variety of fascinating historic and cultural sites.

On an optional postlude, you may experience a spectacular, once-in-a-decade event—the Floriade Expo, an international botanical extravaganza in Almere, Holland. Known as "the largest theater of nature in Europe," the Floriade showcases a thrilling and exotic collection of flowers, plants, and trees. In , the theme of the Floriade is "Growing Green Cities," highlighting creative green and sustainable solutions in developing the city of the future.

Traveling with You: Page Knox, an adjunct professor of art history at Columbia University, and a popular Met lecturer.

Cruise Rate: From $7,

Activity Level: Moderate

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Nighttime view of the Berlin Cathedral and Atles Museum

On a five-day tour, uncover the best Berlin has to offer, from its historic museum collections and lavish Prussian palaces to its elegant opera houses and electrifying contemporary art scene. Begin with an immersion in the city’s Cold War past, from the Brandenburg Gate to a section of the Berlin Wall international artists have transformed with murals. Admire the ancient splendors on Museum Island, including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and enjoy a special visit to Sammlung Boros, a former World War II-era bunker that houses a superb private collection of contemporary art. Marvel at Frederick the Great’s opulent 18th-century palace and gardens of Sanssouci during a full-day excursion to nearby Potsdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conclude with an exclusive curatorial tour of the Jewish Museum Berlin, designed by Daniel Libeskind, and a perusal of the modern art collection in the Berlinische Galerie.

Traveling with You: Christopher Noey is an art historian, author, and an Emmy award-winning producer of films on art and culture. At The Met, he created video installations for a diverse array of exhibitions and was series director for The Artist Project, in which he interviewed contemporary artists (including German artists Thomas Demand and Thomas Struth) on how they are inspired by The Met and its collections.

Land Rate: $5,

Activity Level: Moderate

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Bath crescent

Admire English architecture through the centuries at lavish estates from the ancient Roman spa city of Bath to the windswept coastlines of Cornwall. Stay in luxurious historic settings, including a 17th-century castle reserved for our exclusive enjoyment and an 18th-century Georgian-style hotel, whose surroundings Jane Austen once strolled. Savor an afternoon tea upon arrival at the glorious Cliveden House, once the home of Nancy Astor, the American-born wife of Waldorf Astor and the first female Member of Parliament. Be welcomed into gorgeous private homes for meals and receptions, including an exclusive lunch with a lord at his 18th-century estate, Ugbrooke House. Enjoy an after-hours reception at Bath’s No. 1 Royal Crescent, a charming and historic 18th-century home with a parlor, bedrooms, servants’ quarters, and kitchen authentically decorated with period furniture, objects, and artwork.

Traveling with You: Alice W. Schwarz, a lecturer and educator with over 38 years of experience at The Met and a master at the art of gallery-based teaching.

Land Rate: From $9,

Activity Level: Moderate

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Evening view of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, also called the DDP, a major urban development landmark

Experience South Korea's dazzling contrasts, from the electrifying modern sprawl of Seoul to the sumptuous ancient majesty of Gyeongju. A cradle of innovation, this thriving country stands confidently on the world stage. But the depth of South Korea's ancient traditions is often overlooked. Join Asian art expert, author, and Emmy-winning film producer Christopher Noey for an immersive journey into the colorful past and eclectic present of an Eastern powerhouse. Spend four days in Seoul, where glittering skyscrapers and 15th-century palaces jostle for attention and intriguing museums, galleries, private studios, and artists' communities showcase a wealth of groundbreaking work. Then, travel to Gyeongju for a window into Old Korea. Learn why this ancient capital city is called the "Museum Without Walls" as you discover its 8th-century Buddhist temple, 7th-century observatory, and an authentic, well-preserved folk village dating to the 15th century.

Traveling with You: Christopher Noey is an art historian, author, and an Emmy award-winning producer of films on art and culture. At The Met, he created video installations for a diverse array of exhibitions and interviewed several contemporary Asian artists for The Artist Project, an online series and related Phaidon publication of his interviews with contemporary artists on how they are inspired by The Met and its collections.

Land Rate:$TBA

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Western Square Pond With Fountain in Peterhof - Russia

Sail the mighty Volga River from St. Petersburg to Moscow through the heartland of Russia. Begin with three lavish nights in the former imperial capital of St. Petersburg, where you will enjoy special access to extravagant palaces and spectacular art collections. Then embark the luxurious Volga Dream for an elegant, six-night river journey. Along the way, stop in less-visited but unmissable Golden Ring towns for a look at the region’s colorful ancient character. Enjoy stunning scenery as you cross Europe’s largest freshwater lake, then call at the village of Svirstroy. Visit two medieval monasteries in Goritsy, and explore the magical island of Kizhi, home to spectacular wooden churches with glittering domes. Venture to Uglich, founded a thousand years ago, to hear an a cappella choir inside a 15th-century lakeside church. Disembark in Russia's capital city, where an optional postlude is offered. Onboard classes in Russian language and cuisine will add to the pleasures of this voyage.

Traveling with You: Keith Christiansen, Curator Emeritus, formerly the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He began work at The Met in and has since organized numerous exhibitions, ranging in subject from Painting in Renaissance Siena, Andrea Mantegna, and The Renaissance Portrait to Giambattista Tiepolo, El Greco, The Age of Caravaggio, Juseppe de Ribera, and Poussin and Nature.

Land/Cruise Rate: From $7,

Activity Level: Moderate

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Santorini

Setting sail from Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization, embark on a voyage aboard Sea Cloud II through the turquoise waters of the Aegean to legendary sites of antiquity in Greece and Turkey. Step ashore to discover unspoiled islands, timeless villages, ancient sites, early Christian landmarks, Byzantine monasteries, and fascinating museums displaying excavated treasures. Behold archaeological wonders, including the Bronze Age site at Thira in beautiful Santorini. Sail to the Cycladic island of Amorgos, and see an impressive Byzantine monastery perched on a seaside cliff. Explore sacred Patmos, one of the famous Dodecanese islands, where St. John the Evangelist lived in exile. Head to Turkey for a visit to Ephesus, whose ancient city center showcases a wealth of Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian monuments. On the island of Chios, tour the gorgeous 11th-century Monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before concluding in Istanbul, venture to fabled Troy, immortalized by Homer. For additional splendors of antiquity, an optional Athens prelude and an optional Istanbul postlude are offered.

Traveling with You: Joan Aruz is Curator Emerita, formerly Curator in Charge of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Having begun her career at the Metropolitan Museum as a curatorial fellow in , she joined the staff in and served as Curator in Charge of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art from until her retirement in Dr. Aruz received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts  and has written extensively on the subject of art and intercultural exchange, with special focus on stamp and cylinder seals.

Cruise Rate:
From $8,

Activity Level: Moderate

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coastal train billowing around forest bend

Mongolia, once the center of Genghis Khan’s enormous empire, is a country of beautiful landscapes and nomadic people. Begin a fascinating exploration of Mongolia and Siberia in Ulaanbaatar at the colorful Naadam Festival to see spectacular demonstrations of performing arts and the traditional sports of archery, wrestling, and horseback riding. Next, board the luxurious Golden Eagle train to cross vast green steppes dotted with grazing livestock and white nomadic gers (yurts). Visit immense Lake Baikal; see a village where residents still practice Russian Orthodox Christianity; and discover the border where Asian and Russian cultures converge. Finish in Moscow with a private viewing of the treasures of the tsars and a tour of the opulent stations of the Moscow Metro, known as “the People’s Palaces.”

Traveling with You: Ted Hunter, Armorer and Conservator in the Department of Arms and Armor. He is responsible for the care and preservation of firearms, edged weapons, and armor from a diverse array of cultures and time periods.

Land/Rail Rate: From $17,

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Looking out of cave to blue skies and ruins

Explore the rich history, diverse cultural influences, and glorious landscapes of a North African gem, once a crossroads of wealthy and powerful civilizations. Three thousand years of rule by Phoenicians, Berbers, Romans, Arabs, Turks, the French, and others left splendid ruins, walled medinas, peaceful oases, ornate mosques—and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over an eleven-night journey, you will travel in the company of a specialist in Islamic art and architecture who will share the Islamic artistic and cultural heritage of Tunisia. Discover the Mediterranean capital city of Tunis, and admire the world's greatest collection of Roman mosaics in the National Bardo Museum. Venture to Kairouan—an ancient center of scholarship venerated as Islam's fourth holiest city, and wander several of the country's perfectly preserved Roman ruins, including Dougga, one of the most complete Roman archaeological sites in North Africa. Conclude with two nights in the magical oasis city of Tozeur, surrounded by picturesque dunes. 

Traveling with You: Deniz Beyazit, Associate Curator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Met. She specializes in Medieval Islamic and Ottoman art and architecture and was involved in the
renovation of the Department of Islamic Art’s galleries at The Met.

Land Rate: $9,

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Clothesline of flags around stupa

Join an unforgettable two-week adventure, discovering vibrant cultures and ancient religious traditions in the heavenly heights of the Himalayas. Journey through three spellbinding lands⁠—mystical Ladakh, colorful Nepal, and peaceful Bhutan—in one trip. In Ladakh, an Indian territory bordering Tibet, admire a colossal 17th-century palace, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and white stupas (dome-shaped shrines) in the capital of Leh. Stop in Kathmandu, Nepal, to explore awe-inspiring monuments, from an enormous "floating" statue of Vishnu at a revered shrine, to a 1,year-old hilltop stupa displaying four sets of "all-seeing" painted eyes. Finally, be among the few travelers admitted each year to tiny Bhutan. Venture to an astonishing 17th-century mountain fortress, tour an 18th-century monastery housing monks, and roam a 15th-century temple with exceptional murals. Enjoy an optional half-day hike to a spectacular treasure: the legendary cliffside Tiger’s Nest, one of the holiest sites in the Himalayas.

Traveling with You: Christopher Noey is an art historian, author, and an Emmy award-winning producer of films on art and culture. At The Met, he created video installations for a diverse array of exhibitions and interviewed several contemporary Asian artists for The Artist Project, an online series and related Phaidon publication of his interviews with contemporary artists on how they are inspired by The Met and its collections.

Land Rate: $16,

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Open air train cabin with all glass windows and white seats

Discover traditional Japanese hospitality at its most refined aboard the lavishly appointed Train Suite Shiki-shima. Begin in Tokyo, where highlights will include a private tour and wine reception at a modern mansion with an incredible contemporary art collection. Then travel aboard this elegant train, designed by Ken Okuyama, celebrated for his work with Ferrari, Maserati, and Porsche. Gaze upon mountains and scenic coastlines from the Shiki-shima’s futuristic, glass-enclosed observatory cars as you travel up the east coast to Hokkaido. Step off to behold ancient shrines and temples in Nikko; unwind during a night at a traditional onsen (hot spring) resort in Hokkaido; and visit serene forests and workshops of skilled artisans, or tour an active archaeological site in Aomori, on the return trip down the west coast of Japan. At the conclusion of the train journey, overnight in Tokyo, then spend three days exploring the striking temples and vibrant museums of the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara.

Traveling with You: John T. Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art in the Department of Asian Art. He has published widely on Japanese art and has helped organize numerous exhibitions at the Museum, including Designing Nature (–13), Birds in the Art of Japan (), Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan (–14), Celebrating the Arts of Japan (–17), The Poetry of Nature (–), and The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated ().

Land/Rail Rate: From $29,

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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View of amphitheater during the day

Some of the world’s most extraordinary Greek temples grace the rugged landscape of Sicily. Please join us to discover these pearls of antiquity as we sail along the coast of the Mediterranean’s largest island aboard the elegant Sea Cloud II. Embark our three-masted sailing yacht in Valletta. One after the other, marvels follow, from the well-preserved vestiges of one of the world’s most important cities of antiquity, Syracuse, to the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento. Throughout our week together, Sicily will reveal her rich and unique culture as we walk in storied cities that were once centers of the Greco-Roman, Carthaginian, and Byzantine worlds, and are received in the dazzling private palazzi of local nobility. Disembark in Palermo, where an optional postlude is offered.

Traveling with You: Barbara Drake Boehm, Curator Emerita, who has overseen The Met Cloisters. She is co-curator of the exhibitions Jerusalem Every People Under Heaven (), The Game of Kings (), Prague: The Crown of Bohemia (), and Enamels of Limoges (), and curator of Medieval Jewish Art in Context (–12).

Cruise Rate:
$9,

Activity Level: Moderate

Please contact [email protected] to request a brochure.

Purple velvet crown jewels on blue velvet display

On this five-day program, enjoy exclusive and special visits that will bring the lavish history of Britain’s sparkling treasures to life. View the fabulous Crown Jewels after public hours, and join the owners of a grand home and world-renowned jewelry showrooms for behind-the-scenes access to their collections. Discover the secrets of the fantastic jewels shown in the film version of the acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey, in the company of the creator of these precious ornaments. Marvel at the jewelry and objects on display at Wartski, a family-owned firm established in , which holds royal appointments to Her Majesty the Queen and fashioned the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding ring. Enjoy a private reception hosted by Wartski’s director, a leading jewelry expert and a specialist on the art of Falize, Lalique, and Fabergé.

Traveling with You: Beth Carver Wees, Curator Emerita, formerly Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts in The Met's American Wing. Most recently, she joined Met travelers aboard Sea Cloud II for “Castles & Collections of the Celtic Isles.”

Land Rate: $6,

Activity Level: Moderate

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Angor Wat Siem Reap

Floating markets, riverside villages, untamed jungles, and ornate temples are simply a few of the sights to behold along the mighty Mekong River, the lifeblood of Vietnam and Cambodia. In the 9th century, this river fueled the rise of the Khmer Empire, whose opulent Hindu and Buddhist temples continue to impress visitors, evidence of the advanced civilization that thrived in this remote part of the world. Take a classic expedition along the Mekong from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and beyond. Travel in Old World comfort aboard The Jahan, an elegant colonial-style ship. During the river voyage, stop along the Mekong Delta to see vibrant communities, bustling markets, skilled artisans creating luxurious silks, and French colonial mansions. Admire Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace and the excellent collection at the National Museum. We will also explore the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey and visit a local school. Conclude in Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient Khmer empire, to discover the UNESCO-designated temple complex of Angkor. An optional postlude in Laos, home to striking colonial villas and distinctive temples, is offered.

Traveling with You: Christopher Noey is an art historian, author, and an Emmy award-winning producer of films on art and culture. At The Met, he created video installations for a diverse array of exhibitions and interviewed several contemporary Asian artists for The Artist Project, an online series and related Phaidon publication of his interviews with contemporary artists on how they are inspired by The Met and its collections.

Land/Cruise Rate:
From $10,

Activity Level: Moderate to Active

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Portoferraio, Elba

Aboard the sumptuous Sea Cloud II, discover Mediterranean islands rich with history and spectacular beauty. From the island of Malta, sail to Sicily and visit the ancient port of Trapani and the magnificent Greek ruins of Segesta. Continue to Sardinia and its ancient capital of Cagliari, which traces its history back to the Phoenicians and Romans. Float along Sardinia’s west coast to Alghero, colonized by the Catalans in the 14th century. Be on deck when Sea Cloud II heads to Corsica and Bonifacio’s stunning natural harbor, with its breathtaking setting atop limestone cliffs. From Corsica’s southern tip, travel north to the enchanting island of Elba, Napoleon’s island of exile. Journey from the capital city of Portoferraio to explore Napoleon’s residence, Villa San Martino, now a museum. Before disembarking in Genoa, stop in the port of Livorno for a choice of two full-day excursions: Wander through the medieval fortified town of Lucca, or arrive in Pisa to behold its famous leaning tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. An optional Malta prelude is offered. An optional postlude in Turin and Genoa is also available.

Traveling with You: TBD

Cruise Rate:
From $9,

Activity Level: Moderate

Please contact [email protected] to request a brochure.

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