Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010) redefined contemporary fashion with his extraordinary ability to blend exquisite craftsmanship with imaginative storytelling. Mythologized in his own lifetime, the press promoted him variously as fashion’s enfant terrible (terrible child), a troubled genius, and one of the era’s most visionary designers, yet there were few who truly knew him. Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous offers a rare glimpse into the life and mind of McQueen and introduces French photographer Ann Ray (b. 1969) to audiences in the United States. With a partnership built on friendship and trust, Ray was provided unfettered access to McQueen’s world and captured everything from contemplative moments in the design studio to models posing backstage. In total, she shot forty-three collections over the course of thirteen years, creating a massive body of work and an indelible record of McQueen’s creative process at his namesake label and during his tenure as creative director at Givenchy.

This exhibition features 65 captivating photographs hand-selected by Ray herself from her archive of over 32,000 negatives and more than 60 dress objects spanning the entirety of McQueen’s career, all of which are sourced from the world’s largest private collection of McQueen’s works. Both thorough and emotional, Rendez-Vous offers the unique opportunity to reevaluate the life and legacy of a beloved but widely misunderstood figure and to disentangle the person from the persona.

Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous is organized and produced by Barrett Barrera Projects.

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Events and programs

Member Event
Thursday, May 30, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Member First Look: Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous and Shahpour Pouyan

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Thursday, May 30, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Conversation: Ann Ray with Kelly Peck and Seth Feman

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Friday, May 31, 2024, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Frist Fridays 2024

Member Event
Sunday, June 2, 2024, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Member Morning: Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous and Shahpour Pouyan

Family Activity
Sunday, June 9, 2024, 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Family Sunday

Family Activity
Sunday, June 9, 2024, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Family Drop-In ARTlab: Be a Fashion Designer

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Adult ARTlab: Photography and Thread: Embroidering on Fashion Photographs

Friday, July 26, 2024, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

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